H. Roger Grant 368 pages hardcover
The Chicago, Rock Island
& Pacific Railroad's history is one of big booms and bigger busts.
When it became the first railroad to reach and then cross the
Mississippi River in 1856, it emerged as a leading American railroad
company. But after aggressive expansion and a subsequent change in
management, the company struggled and eventually declared bankruptcy in
1901. What followed was a cycle of resurrections and bankruptcies; a
grueling, ten-year, ultimately unsuccessful battle to merge with the
Union Pacific; and the Rock Island's final liquidation in 1981. But
today, long after its glory days and eventual demise, the "Mighty Fine
Road" has left behind a living legacy of major and feeder lines
throughout the country. In his latest work, railroad historian H. Roger
Grant offers an accessible, gorgeously illustrated, and comprehensive
history of this iconic American Railroad.