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Shenandoah in Page County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Railroads and the Wabash Trace

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2015
1. Railroads and the Wabash Trace Marker
Inscription.

The railroad was king, and southwest Iowa became part of the realm when the Burlington Railroad crossed the landscape from Mount Pleasant to Red Oak in 1867.

Chartered as a land grant railroad, the Burlington advertised and promoted the sale of sections along its route, attracting large numbers of eastern settlers and Swedish immigrants to southwest Iowa. Towns emerged along the route and, as the people of Manti learned, the future of the area depended on the railroad. Many of them moved their homes and businesses to a small settlement along the tracks, originally called Fair Oaks. This community was named Shenandoah when it was incorporated in 1871.

The Wabash Railroad from St. Louis reached the area in 1878, and many Irish railroad workers settled around Imogene. With the addition of the Humeston line from the east in 1882, Shenandoah became a railroad center. This railroad network set the stage for economical transportation of nursery and agricultural products all over the nation.

While railroad tracks still intersect Shenandoah, one of the old rail lines has become a path for people rather than a trail for trains. Volunteers converted the Wabash Railroad right-of-way into the Wabash Trace Nature Trail.

This 62-mile, multi-use trail from Council Bluffs to Blanchard features the beautiful Loess Hills, a land

Railroads and the Wabash Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2015
2. Railroads and the Wabash Trace Marker
formation found only in southwest Iowa and northern China. People walk, jog, and bicycle along the Trace which includes the original Wabash Depot, located in Sportsman Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
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Location. 40° 45.951′ N, 95° 22.553′ W. Marker is in Shenandoah, Iowa, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Railroad Street, on the right when traveling east on Sheridan Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 West Sheridan Avenue, Shenandoah IA 51601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W. Eugene Lloyd (a few steps from this marker); Theodore Roosevelt Speech Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Normal College Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Everly Brothers Homecoming Concert (within shouting distance of this marker); Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (within shouting distance of this marker); Pete Kuyper (within shouting distance of this marker); Russell Gerdin (within shouting distance of this marker); A Community of the Arts (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Shenandoah.
 
More about this marker. The fiberglass marker has deteriorated.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad History. (Submitted on August 23, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Chronology of Iowa Railroad Abandonments Map. (Submitted on August 23, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wabash Trace Nature Trail History. (Submitted on August 23, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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