Daily Life Along the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad

Aurora, Il.-Austin Western Mfg. Co.--heavy road building machines under construction
Aurora, Il.-Austin Western Mfg. Co.--heavy road building machines under construction

This digital collection contains a selection of unique photographs discovered in the Newberry Library’s unprocessed 20th century Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad archives about ten years ago. Except for the few photographs published in Granger Country: A Pictorial Social History of the Burlington Railroad (1949), the images have never been published. The collection focuses on Illinois scenes and tells story of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad through through images of trains, stations, rails, travelers, and workers. 

The project was funded by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and through the generosity of the Burlington Route Historical Society.

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