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The Iron Horse and the Windy City
How Railroads Shaped Chicago
David M. Young
"A fine book, worth the attention of any serious historian of the railroad industry."—Journal of Illinois History
"David M. Young enriches and expands upon our historical knowledge of Chicago by illuminating the centrality of railroading in the city's ascent. This book, in the company of Young's earlier studies about the city's transportation history, will rightfully assume an indispensable place on readers' bookshelves."—Michael H. Ebner, author of Creating Chicago's North Shore
"In this nicely crafted work, David Young takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the past and present of railroads in Chicagoland. This book is remarkably informative and offers lively reading. No one has ever done this topic so well."—H. Roger Grant, author of The North Western
With the coming of railroads, upstart Chicago quickly became the Midwest's center for commerce and trade, overtaking its older rival, St. Louis. The first tracks to link the East coast with the West ran through Chicago, and within a few decades the city grew to be the hub of an immense transportation network that stretched across the nation.
(2005) 280 pp., 110 illus. 8.5 x 11
David M. Young, former transportation editor for the Chicago Tribune, is author of several books on transportation in Chicago, including Chicago Transit.
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