Contents  

Title Page

   

Foreward

   

Birth of a Railroad

1850-1875

Excerpts from

a Farmer's Diary

November 20, 1850   Wisconsin's first train
February 26, 1851 First train trip to Waukesha, WI
May 25, 1854 Celebration in Madison, WI
April 10, 1855 Engineer O'Hara's first trip to Watertown
April 20, 1857 Excursion to Pairie du Chien
May 24, 1860 Receivership and sale
June 14, 1866 Alexander Mitchell elected president

Era of Expansion

1875-1900

Excerpts from

the Diary of a Telegraph Operator

     
June 29, 1875   End of a custom
March 18, 1880 Expansion into the "Wild West"
July I, 1882 on to Ellendale...
April 19, 1887 Kansas City
June 14, 1893 The Columbian Exposition

Over the Mountains

1900 1925

Excerpts from

the Diary of a Western Merchant

     

December 15, 1903

  The Southwest Limited
September 23, 1906 On to Seattle
August 30, 1910 Forest Fire
May 29, 1911 Olympian and Columbian trains
December 7, 1915 Electrification

End of a Century

1925 1950

Excerpts from

the Letters of a Railroad-Minded Family

June 30, 1925   Earthquake in Montana
July 30, 1933 Century of Progress
May 29, 1935 Hiawatha service begins
January 22, 1939 ...more Hiawathas
May 10, 1943 World War II
March 12, 1946 Peacetime Again
June 30, 1948 "It's a Hiawatha Year!"
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