The Rock Island Line

Presented by:
Bill Marvel

Publish Date:
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 7 p.m.

Presentation Length:
68 minutes 32 seconds (68:32)

Spanning the Midwest, the Rock Island Line served farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward from Chicago, it was the first to span the Mississippi River, advancing the frontier, bringing settlers into the West and hauling crops to market. Rock Island’s celebrated Rocket passenger trains also set a standard for speed and service. For most of its existence, the “Rock” battled competitors much larger and richer than itself and when it finally succumbed, the result was one of the largest business bankruptcies ever. Today, as its engines and stock travel the busy main lines operated by other carriers, the Rock Island Line lives on in the hearts of those whom it employed and served. Join us Mr. Marvel recounts the history and importance of this celebrated railroad.


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