George Hilton (historian)

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George W. Hilton
Born (1925-01-18)January 18, 1925
Chicago, Illinois
Died August 4, 2014(2014-08-04) (aged 89)
Columbia, Maryland
Nationality American
Institution UCLA
Field Historian and economist
Alma mater University of Chicago

George Woodman Hilton (January 18, 1925 – August 4, 2014) was a United States historian and economist, who specialized in social history, transportation economics, regulation by commission, the history of economic thought and labor history.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago,[2] Hilton attended Dartmouth College and earned his A.B. in Economics summa cum laude in 1946. He obtained his M.A. in 1950. Hilton attended the London School of Economics in 1953-1955, and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956.


He then taught for many years at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was later a Professor Emeritus of Economics at UCLA.[3] He died of heart disease in 2014, aged 89.[4]


Books and Academic Articles

  • Hilton, G. W. (1954) Cable railways of Chicago, Electric Railway Historical Society.
  • Hilton, G. W.(1958) (April 1958). "The truck act of 1831". The Economic History Review 10 (3): 470–479. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1958.tb00020.x. 
  • Hilton, G. W. (1959) (1959), "The theory of tax incidence applied to the gains of labor unions", in Abramovitz, Moses; et al, The allocation of economic resources: essays in honor of Bernard Francis Haley, Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, OCLC 490147128.  ISBN 9780804705684.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1960) The truck system including a history of the British truck acts 1465-1960
  • Hilton, G. W. (1962) The Great Lakes car ferries (Howell-North, Berkeley, California)
  • Hilton, G. W.; Due, John F. (1964) The electric interurban railways in America
  • Hilton, G. W. (1964) The Staten Island Ferry, Howell-North Books, First edition.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1967) "Rail transit and the pattern of cities: the California case", Traffic Quarterly, vol. 3, (1967).
  • Hilton, G. W. (1968) The Night Boat, Howell-North Books, First edition.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1969) The Transportation Act of 1958: A decade of experience, Indiana University Press, First edition.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1971) The cable car in America (Revised edition in 1982)
  • Hilton, G. W. (1974) Federal Transit Subsidies: The Urban Mass Transportation Assistance Program. (AEI) [1]
  • Hilton, G. W. (1975) The Northeast railroad problem (AEI)] Pdf.
  • Hilton, G. W.; Jobe, Joseph and Plummer, Russell (1976) The illustrated history of paddle steamers Two Continents Publishing Group.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1976) "What did we give wp with the big red cars?" (article)
  • Hilton, G. W. (1980) Amtrak: The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AEI) Pdf.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1981) The The Ma and Pa: A history of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Howell-North Books; Second edition, revised, 1999, The Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Hilton, G. W. (1987) Monon Route, Howell-North.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1997) [1990]. American narrow gauge railroads. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-1731-1. 
  • Hilton, G. W. (1995) The annotated baseball stories of Ring W. Lardner, 1914-1919 Stanford University Press, First edition.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1995) Eastland: legacy of the Titanic Stanford University Press.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1997) The Toledo, Port Clinton & Lakeside Railway, Montevallo Historical Press.
  • Hilton, G. W. (1997) Nellie Farren, Sir Arthur Sullivan Society.
  • Hilton, G. W. (2002) Lake Michigan passenger steamers, Stanford University Press.

Articles and Comments published in Trains Magazine, 1945 - 1993

1) Regrets from Early Youth, July 1993 issue, page 76 2) ABCs of Railroading: A History of Track Gauge, September 1992 issue, pages 23-24 3) Perspectives: The Trains Were in Transition, and It Was a Fascinating Railroad Business, November 1990 issue, pages 82-83 4) *Turntable: What Should Be Preserved from the ICC, November 1987 issue, page 90 5) Turntable: In Praise of the Unbuilt, February 1986 issue, page 70 6) Turntable: Is Railroading Worth a Lifetime?, February 1985 issue, page 70 7) Turntable: Railfanning without Railroads, September 1984 issue, page 70 8) Turntable: Infran-canin-ophilia, March 1983 issue, page 66 9) The One Best Place to Watch Trains, December 1980 issue, pages 28-38 10) *What Does the ICC Cost You and Me? Currently, That Is, June 1978 issue, pages 28-32 11) Slack, February 1976 issue, pages 22-28 12) Turntable: The View from Middle Age, November 1975 issue, page 82 13) Great Lakes Car Ferries: An Endangered Species, January 1975 issue, pages 42-51 14) Turntable: Railfanning as Education, November 1974 issue, page 66 15) Why Pre-Electronic Railroading Survives, May 1974 issue, pages 20-24 16) Department-Store Mural, March 1974 issue issue, page 43 17) Turntable: Good News from the Lehigh Valley, August 1973 issue, page 58 18) *What Does the ICC Cost You and Me?, October 1972 issue, pages 24-28 19) The View of the Viaduct from in Front of the Diner, May 1972 issue, pages 20-25 20) Integration in the North, July 1971 issue, pages 36-43 21) Please, No Hero for the North Western, January 1971 issue, pages 27-28 22) *Ralph in the Roundhouse, November 1970 issue, pages 44-47 23) What Was Grand About Grand Central, September 1969 issue, pages 20- 24) The Promise of Promontory, May 1969 issue, pages 20-28 25) Muckraking in a Day Coach, June 1968 issue, pages 48-50 26) *What Went Wrong and What to Do About It, January 1967 issue, pages 36-45 27) What Does Manx Mean?, September 1966 issue, pages 24-27 28) Where 19th Century Carferries Float On, March 1965 issue, pages 24-27 29) Carquinez Train Ferries, August 1946 issue, pages 36-39 30) Meets All Trains, August 1946 issue, pages 48-49 31) Tennessee Central, January 1946 issue, pages 8-15 32) Pere Marquette, August 1945 issue, pages 7-21

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  1. ^ Lester, David C. (7 August 2014). "Transportation historian George W. Hilton dies". Trains (Kalmbach Publishing). 
  2. ^ Simmons-Boardman (1971). Who's who in railroading and rail transit. New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation. p. 188. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ faculty page at UCLA Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick N.; Baltimore, Sun (13 August 2014). "George W. Hilton, professor and author of history of ‘Ma & Pa’ railroad, dies at 89". The Washington Post (Nash Holdings LLC). Retrieved 3 November 2014.