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Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad


   The Dubuque & Pacific Railroad was chartered on April 18th, 1853.  It was not until the Fall of 1855 that the first ceremonial shovel of dirt was overturned. In May of 1856, the D&P received a federal land grant from Dubuque to a point near Sioux City on the Missouri River.  It was one of four given, and started a race to see who could make it to the Missouri River first.  But the track laying went slowly for the D&P, reaching only 78 miles west of of Dubuque by 1860.

   An eastern banker became involved and put the D&P into receivership and on August 1st, 1860 the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad was incorporated.  The line reached Cedar Falls just in time for the opening rounds of the Cival War, which put a halt to any further construction until 1865.

   By June of 1866, the line had reached 143 miles west to Iowa Falls, roughly half way across the state.  However, the other three land grant railroads were nearing the Missouri River and connection with the Union Pacific.

   As the other three did not connect with the Illinois Central Railroad, but the D&SC did, this threatened to cause a loss of traffic for the IC.  So the IC arranged to lease the D&SC in 1867.

   Also in 1867, a new line was organized to build the remaining portion from Iowa Falls to Sioux City.  This new line was named aptly enough, the Iowa Falls & Sioux City Railroad.  This section of the line was built from both ends, and completed near Storm Lake on July 8th, 1870.  That same year, the CF&M reached the Minnesota state line.

   This is the place to mention the Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company.  The D&D's purpose was to span the Mississippi River to connect the IC with the D&SC.  It's formation goes back to 1857, but depression and the Civil War held up construction of the million dollar project until the late 1860's.  It was not without its challenges, but was opened on January 1st, 1869.


Built:   1855-1870
Admitted:   1867
Fate:   Coming in the future.
Dedicated Links:  None Known
Source   Most of the data came from Carlton J. Corliss' 1950 book, Main Line of Mid-America

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