Book ID: CBB472947270

The Iowa Route: A History of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (2015)


Hofsommer, Don L. (Author)

Indiana University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Book Series: Railroads past & present
Physical Details: x + 287 pp.
Language: English

The Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway was an important part of the commercial life of the upper Midwest during the age of railways. Don L. Hofsommer uses the BC&N as the vehicle for his investigation of the birth, evolution, and disappearance of an important regional carrier, offering an inside look at the struggles of a small railway to stay relevant while railroad empires were being built. More than a bit player, the BC&N might have become even more important had plans gone forward to utilize its rails in a campaign to reach the Pacific. The struggle of the Cedar Rapids road and its corporate ancestors to place Minneapolis–St. Paul and St. Louis in competition with Chicago via a north/south route forms a major part of the book’s narrative, and the book also offers a history of the company's three-state service territory (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota) from the dawn of the age of railways into the 20th century. The book includes more than 200 photographs selected from Hofsommer’s extensive library of historic photographs documenting the history of the BC&N Railway. (publisher)

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Review David M. Wilkins (Fall/Winter 2015) Review of "The Iowa Route: A History of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway". Railroad History (pp. 108-109). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Grant, H. Roger
Hofsommer, Don L.
Prophet, John M., III
Chuck Blardone
Richard C. Carpenter
Johnson, Dale A.
Railroad History
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Indiana University Press
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Dale A. Johnson
Central Electric Railfans' Association
Northern Illinois University Press
Land transportation
Photography of railroads
Pictorial works
Railroads, Interurban
Prophet, John M., III
Barriger, John W. (John Walker), 1899-1976
Fisher, Charles E.
United States
Iowa (U.S.)
Minnesota (U.S.)
Mississippi River (North America)
Illinois (U.S.)
Southern states (U.S.)
20th century
19th century
21st century
Pennsylvania Railroad
Georgia and Florida Railroad Co.
Illinois Central Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Wabash Railroad Company

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