For 90 years (1870-1960), the trains of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway carried freight and served commuters in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois. This photographic history of the line shows how the railroad was at once an engine of commerce, an elegant vehicle of transport, and a way of life. A rousing nostalgic toot.
Don Hofsommer is a professor of history at St. Cloud State University. He is the author of many books on railroad history, including The Tootin’ Louie: A History of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, The Great Northern Railway: A History, The Hook & Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway, and Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, all published by the University of Minnesota Press.