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DUBUQUE AND DAKOTA RAILROAD

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DUBUQUE AND DAKOTA RAILROAD. After the CIVIL WAR, hundreds of railroad lines started service. This was the the age of steam locomotives and rail travel was still a luxury. The Dubuque and Dakota Railroad only operated in Iowa which is indicative of smaller lines, or in some cases lines in larger states. Many one state railroads are short line railroads that did not have large areas of coverage or large promotional budgets.

The Dubuque and Dakota Railroad started operations in 1878. The Dubuque and Dakota Railroad Company, nicknamed the "Damned and Doubtful," purchased ninety-five miles of right-of-way of the Iowa Pacific and laid tracks from Sumner to Hampton in 1879 and 1880. The line stopped service in 1887 for a total period of operations of nine years. The line was then purchased by the Minnesota and Northwestern, a predecessor of the Chicago Great Western. (1)

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1. "Railroad Collectibles," Online: http://www.railroadcollectibles.com/dubuque-and-dakota-railroad/

Donovan, Frank P. Jr. Iowa Railroads Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000, p. 57