The Iron Road in the Prairie State

See Robert Paul Jordan, “Illinois,” reprinted in Angle, Prairie State, 579; and Chenoweth and Borino, Directory of Coal Mines, 1. 2. Stover, Life and Decline, 118. 3. Chandler R. Gilman, “By Stage and Packet,” reprinted in Angle, ...

Author: Simon Cordery

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253019125

Category: Transportation

Page: 238

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In 1836, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed on one thing: Illinois needed railroads. Over the next fifty years, the state became the nation's railroad hub, with Chicago at its center. Speculators, greed, growth, and regulation followed as the railroad industry consumed unprecedented amounts of capital and labor. A nationwide market resulted, and the Windy City became the site of opportunities and challenges that remain to this day. In this first-of-its-kind history, full of entertaining anecdotes and colorful characters, Simon Cordery describes the explosive growth of Illinois railroads and its impact on America. Cordery shows how railroading in Illinois influenced railroad financing, the creation of a national economy, and government regulation of business. Cordery's masterful chronicle of rail development in Illinois from 1837 to 2010 reveals how the state's expanding railroads became the foundation of the nation's rail network.

Crossroads of a Continent

In his provocative study that divides North America not by nations or individual states and provinces ... The Iron Road in the Prairie State: The Story of Illinois Railroading (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016), 12–17. 11.

Author: Peter A. Hansen

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253062373

Category: Transportation

Page: 394

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"Crossroads of a Continent: Missouri Railroads, 1851-1921 tells the story of the state's railroads and their vital role in American history. Missouri and St. Louis, its largest city, are strategically located within the American Heartland. On July 4, 1851, when the Pacific Railroad of Missouri began construction in St. Louis, the city took its first step to becoming a major hub for railroads. By the 1920s, the state was crisscrossed with railways reaching toward all points of the compass. Authors Peter A. Hansen, Don L. Hofsommer, and Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes explore the history of Missouri railroads through personal, absorbing tales of the cutthroat competition between cities and between railroads that meant the difference between prosperity and obscurity, the ambitions and dreams of visionaries Fred Harvey and Arthur Stilwell, and the country's excitement over the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 color images of historical railway ephemera, Crossroads of a Continent is an engaging history of key American railroads and of Missouri's critical contribution to the American story"--

The Good Country

Simon Cordery, The Iron Road in the Prairie State: The Story of Illinois Railroading (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016), 132. 45. Hofstadter, Age of Reform, 93 (genial); Stanley Solvick, “William Howard Taft and Cannonism,” ...

Author: Jon K. Lauck

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806191414

Category: History

Page: 366

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At the center of American history is a hole—a gap where some scholars’ indifference or disdain has too long stood in for the true story of the American Midwest. A first-ever chronicle of the Midwest’s formative century, The Good Country restores this American heartland to its central place in the nation’s history. Jon K. Lauck, the premier historian of the region, puts midwestern “squares” center stage—an unorthodox approach that leads to surprising conclusions. The American Midwest, in Lauck’s cogent account, was the most democratically advanced place in the world during the nineteenth century. The Good Country describes a rich civic culture that prized education, literature, libraries, and the arts; developed a stable social order grounded in Victorian norms, republican virtue, and Christian teachings; and generally put democratic ideals into practice to a greater extent than any nation to date. The outbreak of the Civil War and the fight against the slaveholding South only deepened the Midwest’s dedication to advancing a democratic culture and solidified its regional identity. The “good country” was, of course, not the “perfect country,” and Lauck devotes a chapter to the question of race in the Midwest, finding early examples of overt racism but also discovering a steady march toward racial progress. He also finds many instances of modest reforms enacted through the democratic process and designed to address particular social problems, as well as significant advances for women, who were active in civic affairs and took advantage of the Midwest’s openness to women in higher education. Lauck reaches his conclusions through a measured analysis that weighs historical achievements and injustices, rejects the acrimonious tones of the culture wars, and seeks a new historical discourse grounded in fair readings of the American past. In a trying time of contested politics and culture, his book locates a middle ground, fittingly, in the center of the country.

The Diesel That Did It

Jeffrey Darbee Railroads and the American People H. Roger Grant Derailed by Bankruptcy Howard H. Lewis Electric Interurbans and the American People H. Roger Grant The Iron Road in the Prairie State Simon Cordery The Lake Shore Electric ...

Author: Wallace W. Abbey

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253062799

Category: Transportation

Page: 220

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The Diesel That Did It tells the story of the legendary diesel-electric locomotive, the FT. As war loomed in 1939, American railroads were on the precipice of railroad transformation. In an obscure factory in La Grange, Illinois, a group of gifted engineers and designers were planning a revolution that would shake railroading to its foundations and eventually put the steam locomotive out of business. Their creation, the FT, was a diesel-electric, semi-streamlined freight engine. The FT would establish a new standard for reliability, flexibility, and cost, but its arrival unsettled many railroad employees and gave fresh ammunition to their labor unions, who believed that it threatened a century-old culture. Wallace W. Abbey's The Diesel That Did It is the story of a revolution. He explores how EMC (and its successor Electro-Motive Division of General Motors) conceived the FT, and how it ultimately emerged as the dominant locomotive power plant for 20 years. However, for Abbey, the history of the Santa Fe Railway and the FT go hand in hand. The Diesel That Did It also offers a penetrating look at how the great American railroad, at the height of its Super Chief glamor, threw its conservative mechanical traditions aside to bet big on the diesel. Showcasing more than 140 exquisite photographs by Abbey and other noted photographers, The Diesel That Did It is a captivating story not to be missed by railroaders and railfans.

Iron Age

The last State road convention that I attended had ever before . ... the Eastern States is 5.9 miles ; in the Northern States , 6.9 miles ; in the Middle States , 8.8 miles ; in the cotton States , 12.6 miles ; in the prairie States ...




Category: Hardware


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Illinois a History of the Prairie State

Hardin , Thomas L. “ The National Road in Illinois , ” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society , LX ( 1967 ) . Harper , Charles A. Development of the Teachers College in the United States with Special Reference to the Illinois ...

Author: Robert P. Howard

Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


Category: Illinois

Page: 626

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The Old Iron Road

Federal Writers ' Project , Works Progress Administration , Nevada : A Guide to the Silver State . Portland , OR : Binfords & Mort , 1940 . ... Marcy , Randolf , The Prairie Traveler : A Handbook for Overland Expeditions ...

Author: David Haward Bain

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496230485

Category: History

Page: 468

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The award-winning author of "Empire Express" retraces the route of the first transcontinental railroad.

Report of the Bureau of Public Roads

United States. Bureau of Public Roads. earth - road construction careful study . ... in the introduction of the sandclay method of road building in the prairie States . The first experiment conducted by the Office was ' at Englewood ...

Author: United States. Bureau of Public Roads



Category: Roads


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Chicago America s Railroad Capital

Iron Road to Empire: The History of the Rock Island Lines. ... Hofsommer, Don L. Grand Trunk Corporation: Canadian National Railways in the United States, 1971–1992. ... Howard, Robert P. Illinois: A History of the Prairie State.

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760346038

Category: History

Page: 192

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"A history of the development of Chicago as a railroad hub, from its earliest days to the present, illustrated with color and black and white photographs, maps, and railroad memorabilia"-Provided by publisher.

Old Roads of the Midwest

Escanaba grew up as a shipping port for lumber , and after the 1860s it became the only iron ore port on Lake Michigan . Much of the wood that built the cities of the prairie states sailed from the docks here .

Author: George Cantor

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472082889

Category: History

Page: 239

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A travel guide to the most scenic and historic roads in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan