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Tootin' Louie: A History of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
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The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M&StL), affectionately known as the Tootin' Louie, was founded in 1870 to serve a Minneapolis business community threatened by powerful railway interests emerging from both Chicago and Milwaukee. Although its goal of…
Off The Main Lines: A Photographic Odyssey
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In this visually stunning and comprehensive photographic essay, railroad historian and photographer Donovan L. Hofsommer records the end of branchline passenger service, the demise of electric railroads, the transition from steam to diesel power, as well as the…
Crossroads Of A Continent: Missouri Railroads, 1851-1921

Crossroads Of A Continent: Missouri Railroads, 1851-1921

by Peter A. Hansen

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|This title releases August 9, 2022

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Crossroads of a Continent: Missouri Railroads, 1851-1921 tells the story of the state's railroads and their vital role in American history. Missouri and St. Louis, its largest city, are strategically located within the American Heartland. On July 4, 1851, when…
John H. Burdakin: Railroader

John H. Burdakin: Railroader

by Don L. Hofsommer

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|December 1, 2015

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Genuinely talented and successful managers in any field—business, government, military, academia—are scarce. John Howard Burdakin was a happy exception to the norm. This engaging biography examines Burdakin’s life in the railroad…
The Iowa Route: A History Of The Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway
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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…
Iowa's Railroads: An Album

Iowa's Railroads: An Album

by Don L. Hofsommer

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|June 1, 2009

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At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the pivotal role that railroads played in…
Rails To The North Star: A Minnesota Railroad Atlas

Rails To The North Star: A Minnesota Railroad Atlas

by Richard S. Prosser

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|January 2, 2008

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“Railroads were the country’s first big business providing the nation’s vital cardiovascular system, setting the tempo of life everywhere. All of it was reflected locally. . . . Rails to the North Star is a masterful catalog of data, a…
Minneapolis And The Age Of Railways

Minneapolis And The Age Of Railways

by Don L. Hofsommer

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|June 19, 2012

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With the recent revitalization of the Minneapolis Warehouse District and the surge in construction of condominiums and other buildings near the banks of the Mississippi, the landscape of the city seems to change almost daily. Not so long ago, however, this newly…
Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway: A Photographic History
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Don Hofsommer is a professor of history at St. Cloud State University. He is the author of many books on railroad history, including The Tootin’ Louie: A History of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, The Great Northern Railway: A History, The Hook & Eye:…
The Hook And Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway
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Fearing the rapacious power of Chicago’s railroad system in the mid-1900s, Iowa Central Railway supporters fought for a north-south route across the state that would link Minneapolis and St. Paul with St. Louis. Such a route would put the needs of…
Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland: Iowa's Railroad Experience

Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland: Iowa's Railroad Experience

by Don L. Hofsommer

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|June 29, 2005

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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…