The Side of a Rock Island Caboose

As the world transportation industries continue to evolve, it is important not to forget our past. Today, railroads serve a key role in the global economy. Not so long ago, they were the dominant player transporting goods and services to even the most remote locations. During the evolution of rail, we left behind a huge network of former right-of-ways and stopped serving towns that formed only because of the rail that once served them.

This site is dedicated to the preservation of the memories as well as to explore the impact these fallen flags and lost rails have on today’s society. As humans age, memory fades. We hope this site will, in some small way, help us remember with pride what once was and to help us avoid the mistakes of the past. I want it to be more than just a collection of railroad maps

Stay tuned to see what track we take. What we want is a site to host all the data as we collect it. We also hope you add your memories and knowledge!

-H. Michael Miley


1 comment

  1. As a very young child I listen to my grandmother, Minnie J. Nickerson, tell stories about her experiences as a CGW depot agent at Kidder, Iowa. She had a dog Carlow. He was a collie and only had 3 legs. I believe, he lost his 4th to the wheel of a steam locomotive. She and her dog would hunt rattlesnakes along the CGW tracks between Kidder and the Farley grade west of Kidder. They were successful as a team. Carlow would find the rattlers and grandma would throw ballast rocks at the snakes. Carlow would attack the snakes from behind grab the snakes by the neck and shake them violently by the neck till they died. Grandma, kept the rattles in a small box which held several gold and silver coins from the 1800’s. Several years ago my brother, Wally, showed me a small box with rattles in it. I laughed and smiled because the box was empty of coins. I knew the rest of the story!

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