Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad

The Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad was a railroad chartered to run from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Council Bluffs, Iowa on the Missouri River.

It was the first railroad to reach Council Bluffs, Iowa, the eastern terminus of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The city of Ames, Iowa was created as a station stop on the line. It was one of four railroads that were built as result of the Iowa Land Bill of 1856 that gave land grants for railroads.

The railroad was organized on June 14, 1859 and composed largely of stockholders in the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad Company, already in operation from Clinton, Iowa to Cedar Rapids.

Union Pacific railroad baron Thomas Clark Durant was to manipulate CR&M stock to add to his fortune. Durant controlled another of the Iowa land grant railroads, the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad (M&M) and ran up its stock by saying the transcontinental railroad would connect to it. At the same time, he was buying the depressed CR&M stock. Then Durant declared that CR&M would be the railroad of choice for the transcontinental connection. After buying back the newly depressed M&M stock, Durant and his cohorts made about $5 million.

The city of Ames was chartered in 1864 for the railroad and was named by CR&M President John Blair for Massachusetts Congressman Oakes Ames.[1]

In July, 1862, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad leased the line perpetuity. The Galena line was in turn consolidated with the Chicago and North Western Railway on June 2, 1864 and the line to Council Bluffs was completed in January, 1867. The lease was formally turned into a sale in 1884. [2]

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Origin Confluence of Madison, Gallatin and Jefferson in Montana.
Mouth Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri
Basin countries USA, Canada
Length 2,341 miles (3,767 km)
Source elevation 4,045 ft
Mouth elevation 400 ft
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Ames
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Clinton

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Union Pacific Railroad

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Locale United States from Chicago, Illinois, and cities along the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast
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Dr. Thomas Clark Durant, 1820–1885, was an American financier and railroad promoter. He was vice-president of the Union Pacific in 1869 when it met the Central Pacific railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory.
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The Mississippi and Missouri Railroad (M&M Railroad) was the first railroad in Iowa and was chartered in 1853 to build a line between Davenport, Iowa on the Mississippi River and Council Bluffs, Iowa on the Missouri River and was to play an important role in the construction of the
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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''Motto(s): Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin: By the sword she seeks peace under liberty)''


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Born January 10 1804(1804--)
Easton, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Galena and Chicago Union Railroad

Locale northern Illinois
Dates of operation 1836 – 1864

Track gauge 4 ft 8 in (1435 mm) (standard gauge) The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU
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Chicago and North Western Railway

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