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The Rock Island Line
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This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward from Chicago, it was the first to span the Mississippi, advancing the frontier, bringing settlers into the West, and hauling their crops to market. Rock Island’s celebrated Rocket passenger trains also set a standard for speed and service, with suburban runs as familiar to Windy City commuters as the Loop. For most of its existence, the Rock battled competitors much larger and richer than itself and when it finally succumbed, the result was one of the largest business bankruptcies ever. Today, as its engines and stock travel the busy main lines operated by other carriers, the Rock Island Line lives on in the hearts of those whom it employed and served.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-11
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Introduction & Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Chapter 1: The Bridge
  2. pp. 8-29
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  1. Chapter 2: A Bend in the Road
  2. pp. 30-53
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  1. Chapter 3: A Rocky Road
  2. pp. 54-75
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  1. Chapter 4: Planned Progress
  2. pp. 76-105
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  1. Chapter 5: The Road to Ride
  2. pp. 106-131
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  1. Chapter 6: The Road to Ruin
  2. pp. 132-158
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  1. Epilogue: Pieces of the Rock
  2. pp. 159-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Resources
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Other Works in the Series, About the Author
  2. pp. 178-180
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