Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider  w/ dust jacket
Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider  w/ dust jacket
Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider  w/ dust jacket
Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider  w/ dust jacket
Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider  w/ dust jacket
Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider  w/ dust jacket

Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider w/ dust jacket

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Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider w/ dust jacket
 
Wisconsin Central in Illinois by David Leider
Hard cover with dust jacket
Copyright 2010
269 pages
Indexed
After I finished my first book, The History of Waupaca and its Railroads, I decided to research a topic closer to home. I had in mind Riverview Illinois, now part of Des Plaines. At one time
it had been a large industrial area. Now it was residential, except a strip of industries along the tracks. As I grew up a block north of the area, I began to look into the matter. Shortly after, I realized that no one had written about the railroad from the Wisconsin border south.
What I thought would be a simple story to tell turned into this book. I originally intended to end with the Milwaukee Road merger of 1985, but decided to only cover the Wisconsin Central to 1909. In order to do the topic justice, I decided to include the other factors at work at the time. Although my main focus was on the Chicago extension, I also traced the relevant history of the Wisconsin Central from inception to its lease to the Soo Line. No one had done an in depth look at the Northern Pacific influence, reorganization or factors leading to the Soo Line lease. There were times in the history of the
line that events far removed from Illinois were determining its fate. I also intended to tell the history of the Chicago Terminal and Transfer, but soon realized that the topic deserved a book of its own.
I hope that you enjoy this look at not only the railroad, but the men and factors that were behind it.
Although many of the same men that financed the Chicago Extension also financed the building of its magnificent terminal, the Wisconsin Central would only occupy it for nine short years, from December 1890 to December 1899.
Why and how it was built and lost are only a few of the questions answered in this book. Trace the history of the Chicago extension from the beginnings of the Wisconsin Central in the wilds of Wisconsin to its sale to the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Sainte Marie Railroad.
This history of the Wisconsin Central in Illinois contains over 260 pages, with 49 maps, 67 illustrations and 90 photographs with an index.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Map
Chapter 1: The Wisconsin Central in 1883 Chapter 2: The Way to Chicago
Chapter 3: Chicago
Chapter 4: Building the Railroad
Chapter 5: The Early Years in Illinois Chapter 6: A Bright Future with the NP Chapter 7: Boom Times
Chapter 8: Dark Clouds on the Horizon Chapter 9: Receivership
Chapter 10: Reorganization
Chapter 11: The Wisconsin Central of 1899 Chapter 12: The Towns in Cook County Chapter 13: The Towns in Lake County Index

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