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November 4, 2019

In the late 1870s until World War I, the railroads sent their general passenger agents out to dream up sweet melodies with which to lure the tourist and emigrant. Each railroad tried to outdo the competing lines for the passenger dollar. Fountain was a far from a favorite. When the advertising department arrived in the various communities with the special representatives they had been collecting material for a season’s guide. The approaching season always promised to witness a fierce contest among the rival departments.

Not only did each railroad expound upon the benefits of visiting a pl...



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