FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Contact: Laura Egerdal, (573) 526-0949
Contact: Abe Rakov, (573) 526-4734
Carnahan Announces Program on Missouri Railroad Pioneer Louis Houck
Jefferson City, MO – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced a program exploring the life of Missouri railroad pioneer Louis Houck will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of her office, on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. Joel Rhodes will be discussing his new book, A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck.
Known as a lawyer, journalist, entrepreneur, historian and philanthropist, Louis Houck is also considered the “Father of Southeast Missouri.” Houck brought the railroad to the region and opened the area to industrialization and modernization. In this new biography, Joel Rhodes writes how the self-taught railroader constructed a network of 500 miles of track through the wetlands known as “Swampeast” Missouri from 1880 to the 1920s. These “Houck Roads” provided a boost for population, agriculture, lumbering and commerce that transformed Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area.
In telling the story of Houck’s railroading enterprise, Rhodes chronicles Houck’s battle with the Jay Gould railroad empire and offers key insight into the development of America’s railway system, from the cutthroat practices of ruthless entrepreneurs to the often-comic ineptness of start-up rail lines.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker at
(573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To find out more about Missouri's Secretary of State's office, visit www.sos.mo.gov
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