BRAZIL: Boom In the Backlands

A narrow-gauge railway, wood-burning and rachitic, is the regular transport over the 1,000 miles between Rio and the boomtown of Anapolis, in Goiaz (see map). It takes four days & nights by rail to reach Anapolis, gateway to the rich backlands, and longer if the trip is made by road. But from the lush lowlands of the north and the coffee fazendas to the south, 50,000 Brazilians a year are passing through muddy, roughhewn Anapolis in search of new homes and new times, just as U.S. pioneers a century ago left the Atlantic...

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