The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway
A Photographic History
By Don L. Hofsommer.
Softcover, 8.5x11", 296 pages, 361 b&w photos. 9780816651320. 2009.
"The ultimate pictorial history of the midwestern railway M&StL.
"In this photographic history of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M&StL), railroad, historian Don L. Hofsommer revives the memory of a storied regional railroad.
"The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway was created on May 26, 1870, by a group of Minnesota investors interested in establishing a railroad connection between Minneapolis and the agricultural regions to the south. While not flashy, the M&StL served Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois over nine decades and was essential in opening new territory, providing freight as well as passenger carriage, and employing thousands of people.
"Rich in illustrations, this is not just a chronicle of a railroad but also a story and a record of a way of life in the rural upper Midwest. A must-have for readers who fondly remember the Tootin' Louie, as well as rail fans, history buffs, and model railroaders in general.
"Don L. Hofsommer is 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: A History of the Iowa Central Railway, and Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, all available here at RAILROADBOOKS.BIZ.