The Iron Road In The Prairie State: The Story Of Illinois Railroading

Hardcover | January 20, 2016

bySimon Cordery

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In 1836, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed on one thing: Illinois needed railroads. Over the next fifty years, the state became the nation's railroad hub, with Chicago at its center. Speculators, greed, growth, and regulation followed as the railroad industry consumed unprecedented amounts of capital and labor. A nationwide market resulted, and the Windy City became the site of opportunities and challenges that remain to this day. In this first-of-its-kind history, full of entertaining anecdotes and colorful characters, Simon Cordery describes the explosive growth of Illinois railroads and its impact on America. Cordery shows how railroading in Illinois influenced railroad financing, the creation of a national economy, and government regulation of business. Cordery's masterful chronicle of rail development in Illinois from 1837 to 2010 reveals how the state's expanding railroads became the foundation of the nation's rail network.

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In 1836, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed on one thing: Illinois needed railroads. Over the next fifty years, the state became the nation's railroad hub, with Chicago at its center. Speculators, greed, growth, and regulation followed as the railroad industry consumed unprecedented amounts of capital and labor. A nationwide ma...

Simon Cordery researches, writes, and rides on railroads on both sides of the Atlantic. He serves as Chair of the Inductions Committee of the National Railroad Hall of Fame and Chair of the Department of History at Western Illinois University, and he is a member of the Lexington Group of Transportation Historians. He has published two ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 20, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253019060

ISBN - 13:9780253019066

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Preliminaries
2. Development Delayed
3. Optimism Revived
4. Cultivating the Prairie
5. Financing Railroads
6. Civil War, Fire, and Expansion
7. Illinois Railroad Labor
8. A Kaleidoscope of Regulations
9. Panic and Innovation
10. Bridge Building and "Over-Building"
11. Excursions and Interurbans
12. Coal and Competition
13. Progressive Regulation
14. World War I and the 1920s
15. Depression, Dieselization, and War
16. Post-War Challenges
17. National Solutions?
18. Salvation
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"What makes this work a true rarity is the author's inclusion of larger scholarly themes, such as corporate consolidation and US cultural trends. As a result, the story of one state's railroads becomes a narrative on the larger history of railroads in the US from the 19th to 20th centuries. A significant contribution to the study of rail transportation in Illinois and the US.... Highly recommended." -Choice