The Rock Island in Minnesota
By John C. Luecke.
Cloth with dust jacket, 192 glossy pages, 8.5x11", 225+ color and b/w photos, maps, drawings, appendix. 2011.
"The Rock Island was the last mainline built in southern Minnesota. Until this time little has been written about this important through route.
"An in-depth history of the Rock Island in Minnesota, the author's 9th book on Minnesota railroads covers the construction and operations of the road's various lines from 1900 to the present. Also included is a study of the Rock Island's extension through the southwestern part of the state that was slated to be a new connection to the Northern Pacific railroad at Bismarck, North Dakota.
"you'll enjoy the more than 225 photographs (90% of which have not been published previously) from a plethora of photographers, ranging from the construction period to steam operations,
from mainline to branchline and from freight to passenger. Included are 16 pages of color photographs. and more than a dozen maps highlighting essential aspects of the Rock Island’s Minnesota system."