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Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland : Iowa's Railroad Experience - Don L. Hofsommer

Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland

Iowa's Railroad Experience

Hardcover Published: 29th June 2005
ISBN: 9780253345158
Number Of Pages: 376

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"Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland offers a comprehensive examination of railroads in Iowa from the introduction of the iron horse to the present. It is more than a study of a single, albeit significant American state. Hofsommer superbly relates local events to the national picture. His is a 'one-of-a-kind' volume." -- H. Roger Grant, author of Follow the Flag: A History of the Wabash Railroad Company

In the time of jet airplanes and interstate highways, the Internet and e-commerce, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the impact that railroads had on Iowa's landscape -- in terms not just of transportation service and economic development, but of political, social, and cultural linkage as well. Railroads helped to define the character of America, and that certainly was the case in Iowa. Pioneer lines penetrated the interior from established Mississippi River communities during the state's early railroad era, and later opened up huge tracts for agricultural opportunity as well as urban development.

A wide-ranging survey of Iowa's railroad experience, Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland offers a snapshot of a fascinating and critically important element in the state's history, and emphasizes the tight symbiotic relationship between Iowa and its railways. Packed with more than 250 photographs, this is a thorough and engaging book.

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"Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland offers a comprehensive examination of railroads in Iowa from the introduction of the iron horse to the present. It is more than a study of a single, albeit significant American state. Hofsommer superbly relates local events to the national picture. His is a 'one-of-a-kind' volume." H. Roger Grant, author of Follow the Flag: A Historyof the Wabash Railroad Company

Contents Preface Acronyms and Shortened Names 1. Prelude 2. Beginnings 3. War 4. Recovery 5. Panic 6. Optimism 7. Ebb and Flow 8. Vibrant and Muscular 9. Belle Epoque of Steamcars 10. Ill Ease 11. Uncertain Prosperity 12. Hard Times 13. Their Finest Hour 14. Diesels and Streamliners 15. Smiles and Frowns 16. Winds of Change 17. Gathering Clouds 18. Nervousness 19. Darkest Midnight 20. Bittersweet 21. Evolution 22. Prologue Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780253345158
ISBN-10: 0253345154
Series: Railroads Past and Present
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 29th June 2005
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 22.9  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.09

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