Muscatine County Iowa

Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Volume I, 1911, pages 411-412


September 30, 1897, the contract was let for the building of this short line of railroad and the work of construction was begun in August of the following year. January 10, 1899, the road was opened for business and trains commenced running across the new line, which at that time extended twenty-eight miles from Muscatine to Erick Junction, where connections could be made for Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Mason City, Minneapolis and St. Paul, and now it will but but a short time before an extension of the road which has been building, will be completed to Burlington. This is a line of no small importance to Muscatine, as it taps a fine section of country between Burlington and Muscatine, over which a great deal of freight is hauled from Chicago, and the passenger traffic is increasing from day to day.

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