The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was one of the largest and most significant railroads in the United States, controlling transportation over much of the nation between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. Formed from the Aurora Branch Railroad in 1855, the company employed thousands, settled the country with immigrants from the United States and Europe, established towns, fostered agriculture, and spurred the growth of Chicago and other urban centers. This exhibit contains a selection of unique black and white photographs focusing on Illinois scenes, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and its workers.
This project was funded by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Generous funds were also provided by the Burlington Route Historical Society.