The Chicago Great Western is one of two lines that got me interested in putting old rail line on maps. With a hub in the town of Oelwein Iowa, it had branches to Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Omaha. It started in the later 1800’s and was bought up first by Chicago North Western which was bought by Union Pacific. Most segments were abandoned shortly after the consolidation.
June 1, 2017, I made changes in the Sycamore-Decalb area since I had it following CNW’s tracks on the north end.
10 Nov 2014, I updated the map with much greater detail on the Kansas City line. I’m still not sure if I have the tracks right in the KC area, but I’m feeling much better about the placement from Leavenworth to Des Moines. Oh, and I updated where the train crossed the river based on reader feedback
Dec 2011, CGW Map v4 includes changes in the segment from Waterloo to Des Moines based on reader feedback in the comments (thanks Tom!). I’ll be adding more stations soon. Pervious versions here.
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Detailed History to follow