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Uniting a Country - the first Transcontinental Railroad

Prior to May 10, 1869, if you wanted to get from the East Coast to the West Coast, you had three options:  (1) the overland route, via stage coach, wagon or horseback which took four to six months; (2) the Panama route through the Panama canal which took about a month; (3) or the Cape Horn route around the Cape Horn of South America which took between six and eight months.   672 more words


Ames Rail Crossings Close Downtown

AMES, Iowa — Two downtown rail crossings are closed Thursday affecting traffic in downtown Ames.

The closings mean vehicles can’t head south from downtown using Union Pacific crossings at Kellogg and Clark avenues, Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff confirmed. 18 more words


Watch The Amazing Mer Rouge Louisiana Train Wreck

Over the weekend, the YouTube channel David’s Garden Seeds And Products was in the right place at the right time.  They were traveling to Memphis and was going through Mer Rouge, LA.   164 more words


Prince Valiant: Volumes 7 & 8 – the Adventures Continue

In the past, I’ve written an individual blog for each volume of the Prince Valiant series, but I decided to group these two together because I couldn’t get myself too excited about Volume 7; furthermore, the adventure in it continues into Volume 8 because the books are printed by the years the strip was published and not by breaks in the storyline. 850 more words

Arthurian Books

Dick Kreck - Hell On Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad.

Hell On Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad – Dick Kreck (2013, Fulcrum Publishing, Colorado)

For train buffs and fans of American history, Dick Kreck has assembled a well-researched chronological account of the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. 117 more words

Book Review

Amtrak Service Suspended South of Springfield

Amtrak service south of Springfield, Ill., has been was suspended this week in favor of buses. The Texas Eagle will be detouring over a Union Pacific route via Watseka, Villa Grove, Tuscola and Pana, Ill. 195 more words

Amtrak News

Stream of Consciousness Writing

I have been participating in a Stream of Consciousness Saturday writing session for a couple of months now on my blog so, you can imagine my delight when I found out that our first assignment in Writing 101 was to free-write for a 20 minute session. 700 more words