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The Origins of Las Vegas and Creosote-Treated Wood Go Hand in Hand

The Origins of Las Vegas and Creosote-Treated Wood Go Hand in Hand

How did the City of Las Vegas get its start? Certainly with the help of railroad crossties that could withstand the extreme conditions of the Mojave Desert due to treatment with creosote. It's a fascinating story that began at least 125 years ago. To learn the full story, read our article: How Creosote Fueled America’s Western Development and the Birth of Las Vegas

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Without Creosote-Treated Wood, Where Would the Southwest Be?

Without Creosote-Treated Wood, Where Would the Southwest Be?

By Camille Galdes How Creosote Fueled America's Western Development and the Birth of Las Vegas Background: Railroads and the Developing West Located just south of modern-day Los Angeles, the San Pedro harbor is emblematic of the Spanish missionary history of the United States’ west coast. In the early 19th century, Spanish monks from Mission San Gabriel Arcángel accepted provisions from Spain at San Pedro, although trade with other countries was prohibited. When restrictions ended in 1822, a...

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Railway Tie Association Appoints Dr. Nathan Irby as Executive Director

Railway Tie Association Appoints Dr. Nathan Irby as Executive Director

The Railway Tie Association (RTA) recently announced that Nathan (Nate) Irby, Ph.D. has been appointed as its new executive director. The RTA was organized 102 years ago to promote the economical and environmentally sound use of wood crossties. Dr. Irby has most recently field managed the strategic sourcing wood tie program for Union Pacific, the nation’s largest Class 1 railroad. He has also served as an adjunct professor with Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Bioproducts program....

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FAQ Video: Preserving Wood Infrastructure with Creosote

FAQ Video: Preserving Wood Infrastructure with Creosote

Creosote has been a dependable preservative of wood infrastructure since the Industrial Revolution. Creosote-treated wood is used in many infrastructure sectors, including transportation, communications, energy, and maritime developments. Despite this widespread use, the use of creosote as a preservative raises many questions. This video addressed the most frequently asked questions about creosote treatment, use, and benefits: How long has creosote been used as a wood preservative? How is...

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VIDEO: Creosote-Treated Wood Products – An Integral Part of the Nation’s Infrastructure

VIDEO: Creosote-Treated Wood Products – An Integral Part of the Nation’s Infrastructure

Creosote-treated wood products have been a valuable part of critical infrastructure in North America. This video explains creosote's contribution to the longevity of wood products, its many uses, its treatments processes, and more. The Creosote Council is a non-profit product stewardship and joint data development group composed of the U.S. registrants of coal tar creosote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G2YncGMyfw

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