History - History Map showing the proximity ofChukchi...

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History Map showing the proximity of Chukchi Peninsula in Russia to Seward Peninsula in America The concept of an overland connection crossing the Bering Strait goes back before the 20th century. William Gilpin , first governor of the Colorado Territory , envisioned a vast " Cosmopolitan Railway " in 1890 linking the entire world via a series of railways. Two years later, Joseph Strauss , who went on to design over 400 bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge , put forward the first proposal for a Bering Strait railroad bridge in his senior thesis. [6] The project was presented to the government of the Russian Empire , but it was rejected. [7] A syndicate of American railroad magnates proposed in 1904 (via a French spokesman) a Siberian- Alaskan railroad from Cape Prince Wales in Alaska through a tunnel under the Bering Strait and across northeastern Siberia to Irkutsk via Cape Deshnev, Verkhnekolymsk and Yakutsk. The proposal was for a 90-year lease , and exclusive mineral rights for 8 miles (13 km) each side of the right-of-way. It was
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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