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Announcing the availability of a new book which I
I am a Clinton, Iowa native, an avid railfan and
worked for the C&NW at one time. I have researched the
Iowa Midland Branch of the C&NW railroad for over 8
years in preparation for the publication of the book.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble Book Stores
and can be previewed on their website (www.bn.com).
The book was published by IUniverse Publishing
Company. The name of the book is "The Midland Branch
in Iowa" and it is priced at $11.95 from Barnes and
(The book was mentioned in the last issue of
Northwestern Lines magazine with a comment by Joe
Anyone interested in a signed copy of the book may
also order it directly from me for $11.95 plus $2.15
postage ($14.10 Total). My address is 3209 No.
California, Peoria, IL 61603. Please specify who
it should be signed to.
Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
"What person, lucky enough to have lived in the era of
the steam railroads, was not struck by the awesome
size, power and mystery of a train pulled by a steam
locomotive and going to distant locations? The Midland
Branch in Iowa provided all this, and was a
force in the "growing up" of a small section of
eastern Iowa. Although the primary intent of most
railroads of the times was to open a new gateway to
the West, the Midland Branch stopped considerably
short of this goal. It only made it 70 miles from
Lyons, Iowa to Anamosa, Iowa. Yet the impact on
America, even for such a limited railroad, was
incredible. Towns were built along the rail lines,
farmers gained access to markets for their cattle,
hogs, dairy products and grains. They received
materials and supplies to build homes and buildings,
equipment to work the soil, and goods to provide for
their families. This chronicle of the the Midland
Branch in Iowa possesses all the elements of the
railroad boom, but on a scale that is enjoyable to
follow. The influence of the railroads on America, at
this dynamic time in the late 1800's and early 1900's
of our country's history, is captivating. The book is
78 pages long and includes 91 photos and
Paul R. Horst
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