When the Railroad Leaves Town: Western United States
This book tells the story of closing rail lines from historic junctions, aging industrial centers, agricultural villages, and familiar tourist destinations throughout the eastern half of the United States. Joseph Schwieterman takes a look at events that contributed to the demise of railroads in 64 towns and cities distinguished by their notable railroad histories or unusual experiences with rail line abandonment. Rail line abandonment claimed more than half of U.S. rail route mileage during the past 50 years and is accompanied by controversial and unexpected developments--events affecting communities years after the last train departed. This book is a concise narrative, with contrasting photos of local train stations in their prime and after abandonment.
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Abandonment’s Legacy Angeles Arizona beneﬁts Boulder City branch building built Burlington California carrier Carson City City Colorado community’s corridor County county’s Cripple Creek Decorah Denver depot downtown Eureka Springs excursion Ferriday ﬁnal ﬁnancial ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst former Further Study SUGGESTED Harlowton highway Historic operator Historical Society Hotel industry Interstate 80 interurban Lake Lake Geneva Last route abandoned line’s locomotives main line miles Milwaukee Road mining mixed train narrow-gauge North Western Northern Notable reuse ofﬁce ofﬁcials Paciﬁc Electric Paciﬁc Railroad Park passenger service passenger trains Photo by author Placerville population Port Angeles Prescott PRINCIPAL REFERENCES rail line rail service railbanking Railroad Museum Railway region residents reuse of right-of-way right-of-way River Santa Fe Santa Monica segment short line signiﬁcant Southern Paciﬁc streetcar Study SUGGESTED READINGS Sturgeon Bay tion tourist town town’s tracks trafﬁc trail transportation travelers Union Paciﬁc Valley Watford City West