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At a great celebration in Cedar Falls, ground is broken on the ambitious Iowa Central Railraod

Groundbreaking for the Iowa Central Railroad, Cedar Falls, Iowa, September 19, 1865, artist's impression, detail
09/19/1865
A massive celebration featuring a 1,500 person parade was held in Cedar Falls, Iowa to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Iowa Central Railroad.  The ambitious project which sought to forge a direct north to south rail link between St. Paul, Minnesota in the north and St. Louis, Missouri in the south was never able to compete fully with east-west lines and in 1912 became part of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Rialroad.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Donovan L. Hofsommer, The Hook & Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005), 8.  
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