Iowa's Last Narrow-Gauge Railroad

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When talk began circulating in 1848 about the importance of railroads, the people of Cascade grew anxious. Without direct access to navigable rivers other than the Mississippi over 36 miles away, their community could very well fade from existence. They needed a railroad as soon as possible. The idea raced forward, with the backing of the Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad Company, or "the River Road," which ran along the western bank of the Mississippi River and passed through Bellevue. Their hopes and dreams became reality in a three-foot-gauge line 31 years later, in 1879. In 1880, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway purchased the River Road, which included the narrow-gauge branch line to Cascade. Overjoyed at having a larger entity involved, anticipation for the widening of the rails to standard gauge grew quickly. This book relates the story from the beginning to its abandonment in 1936. Today Bellevue and Cascade survive as thriving small towns and are economically healthy. Despite the fact that 70 years have passed since the last spike was pulled, many people know of and recall Iowa's last narrow-gauge railroad.
ISBN: 9780738541181
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Iowa
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
James Shaffer, a professional photographer for over 50 years, is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Iowa Press Photographers Association. John Tigges has been a writer for over 30 years and has published many novels, history books, and articles. Both native Dubuquers, together they authored Dubuque in the 19th Century, Dubuque in the 20th Century, Then & Now: Dubuque, The Mississippi River: Father of Waters, and Railroads of Dubuque.
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