Grant to present “The Rock Island’s Trans-Iowa Line”

Clemson University History Professor H. Roger Grant will present a free special presentation Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 2 pm at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad.

Grant’s program will “trace the building, operation, and fate of a strategic and important piece of U.S. trackage from the 1860’s to the present…the Rock Island Railroad was liquidated in the late 1970’s with the east-west mainline becoming the failed Iowa Railroad. Today the Iowa Interstate (IAIS) is a major player. While the IAIS early on encountered financial difficulties, it became under Henry Posner III and the Railroad Development Corporation a money machine,” Professor Grant said.

H. Roger Grant’s presentation will be the last for 2019 in the season’s museum speaker program.

The museum is located adjacent to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad –
225 10th St., Boone, IA 50036.