Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Railroad construction provided a focus for the acceleration of economic rivalry between Richmond, Petersburg, and Norfolk from the 1830's through the 1850's. Richmond's place as a political center provided legislative leverage and attracted able promoters and sufficient capital. Richmond outdistanced its rivals handily, with Petersburg gaining little more than Norfolk. The rivalry left an enduring legacy. Based on railroad archives, manuscripts, and newspapers; 60 notes.
Original Publication Citation
Stewart, P.C. (1973). Railroads and urban rivalries in antebellum eastern Virginia. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 81(1), 3-22.
Stewart, Peter C., "Railroads and Urban Rivalries in Antebellum Eastern Virginia" (1973). History Faculty Publications. 3.