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Title Big Horn Basin, Wyoming
Date c.1920-1929
Document Type Pamphlet
Publisher Information Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
Reference CB & Q 32.9, Box 121, Folder 1009
Library / Archive The Newberry Library
Collection Name Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records; Land and Colonization
Series Description Series 32.9 is composed of pamphlets and printed ephemera, dating from the 1850s to 1999.
Biographical Note / History Commonly known as the Burlington, the CB&Q was formed in 1855 from a small local predecessor line, the Aurora Branch Railroad, located in north eastern Illinois. Directed by Boston financier John Murray Forbes and managed by Charles Elliott Perkins, the company expanded rapidly in the post-Civil War era westward across Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado to Denver. It also acquired the Hannibal and St. Joseph Line through Missouri, built a new line from Chicago to St. Paul, and purchased or constructed hundreds of branch lines along its main routes. By 1901, when Minnesota railroad baron James J. Hill acquired its stock, the railroad employed over 35,000 people and encompassed 7,500 miles of track, forming a web of connections through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. It continued to operate independently well into the twentieth century and to expand operations, acquiring southerly extensions from Chicago into Kentucky, and a north-south through route from Wyoming to the Gulf of Mexico. At its height in 1925, the CB&Q exceeded 12,000 route miles in fourteen states. In 1970, CB&Q merged with the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, and Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway to form the Burlington Northern Railroad.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Places Park County, Big Horn County, Washakie County, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States
Keywords agriculture, farming, settlement, railway, Burlington Route, industry, factory, oil, climate, education, family, community relations, livestock, irrigation
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue
Language English
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