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Sites and Events of the Colonizing Trails West


This project will involve mapping important sites and events relating to the the railroads (railways) of North America. This page provides a place to outline what is proposed for the project.

Mapping Projects

Early History

  • First Railroads

Transcontinental Railroad

  • First Trans Continental Railroad

The End of Steam Interstate Commerce Modern Day Everything Else

  • Abandoned Railroads



All Railroad - ->Amtrak

Spokane International -Purchased 1958-> Union Pacific (UP)

Western Pacific -Purchased 1982->Union Pacific (UP)

Rock Island -Abandoned 750 Miles 1980->Chicago and North Western (C&NW)

Rock Island -Abandoned 965 Miles 1980->Southern Pacific (SP)

St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) -Acquired 1932->Southern Pacific (SP)

Denver and Salt Lake -Merged 1947-> Denver and Rio Grande Western -Purchased SP and changed it's name 1988-> Southern Pacific -UP Purchased SP 1996-> Union Pacific (UP)

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha (CStPM&O) -Controlled 1882 Leased 1957 merged 1972-> Chicago and Northwestern (C&NW)

Minneapolis and St. Louis -Purchased 1960-> Chicago and Northwestern (C&NW)

Chicago Great Western -Merged 1968-> Chicago and Northwestern (C&NW) -Merged 1995-> Union Pacific (UP)