Captain John Mullan and the Engineers' Problem

Samuel F. Bemis


"Captain Mullan's survey and construction of this wagon-road from Walla Walla to Fort Benton was really an off-shoot of the great work instituted by an act of Congress in February, 1853, calling for a thorough survey of all the several routes possible for a transcontinental railroad... It was the work of Stevens and his faithful subordinate Mullan, which opened the way for the railroad."

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