WONDERLAND: Following the Tracks of Beauty and the Beast Hailed as the agents of the nation’s expansion and economic development and facilitators of access to a newly formed National Park System, railroads were simultaneously descried as rapacious, capitalistic beasts who came to control 17% of America’s then most valuable land—the railroad right-of-way. Railroads strategically created a place of civic interchange (stations) and infrastructure (bridges and tunnels on well-traveled routes). The balance of the railroad holdings was determined by engineering criteria and return on investment. Patterns of development changed. Manufacturing no longer was tied to raw product location and coalesced in cities where the labor market was. Migrants headed north to the jobs, resulting in higher density development, the infusion of new cultures and music; the creation of streetcar and commuter line suburbs; and access to larger markets for product distribution (including, with the advent of refrigeration, foodstuffs). WONDERLAND explores this vast interstitial landscape to discover its divergent character and unexpected transient beauty in what many consider America's back yard. Shooting from moving trains and on foot walking the right-of-way, as I travel across America I keep in mind my conductors call on my daily commute home, "Last stop Wonderland".