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Alliance in Box Butte County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Burlington Locomotive 719

 
 
Burlington Locomotive 719 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
1. Burlington Locomotive 719 Marker
Inscription.  By the mid-1880s the Sandhills had become an important cattle-raising region. The extension of the Burlington and Missouri Railroad westward through the Sandhills in 1877-1888 made ranching more profitable by making more accessible eastern markets. By 1888 the Burlington had reached burgeoning Alliance, planned as a railroad junction and named by B & M engineer J. N. Paul. Material for building the Belmont Tunnel (about 30 miles northwestward), supplies for the Newcastle, Wyoming, coal mines, and equipment for grading camps on the line between Alliance to Newcastle were freighted overland from Alliance while it served as the Burlington’s western terminus.

Locomotive Number 719, built at the Havelock, Nebraska, shops about 1903, was used for most of its half century of service on the Burlington's Alliance Division. Late in its career 719 was used on the Sterling, Colorado, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, branch line. Representative of the steam-power era of railroading, it was one of the K-4 locomotives, mainline passenger types, built at Havelock. The 86-ton engine, donated by C B & Q to the city of Alliance in 1962 and refurbished by Burlington
Burlington Locomotive 719 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
2. Burlington Locomotive 719 Marker
(looking west from Box Butte Avenue)
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Northern volunteers, is now located on land donated to Alliance by John D. Nielsen.
 
Erected by Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce; and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 268.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
 
Location. 42° 6.702′ N, 102° 52.284′ W. Marker is in Alliance, Nebraska, in Box Butte County. Marker is on Box Butte Avenue just south of West 18th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the east side of the Burlington locomotive, tender and caboose exhibit. Sudman Field baseball diamonds are on the west side of the exhibit. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alliance NE 69301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alliance Army Air Field (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The last phrase of the inscription, "is now located on land donated to Alliance by John D. Nielsen," has been purposefully obliterated. Perhaps because the marker was moved from original, or planned, location?
 
Also see . . .
1. Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad 719 at Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 2, 1947. (Submitted on August 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad 719 at Alliance, Nebraska on December 21, 1981
Burlington Locomotive 719 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
3. Burlington Locomotive 719
. Number 719 was built in 1903 as Burlington & Missouri River Railroad 40 at Havelock, Nebraska, renumbered to B&MR 3687. Although the B&MR was acquired by the CB&Q in 1872, it continued to operate as a subsidiary until fully absorbed sometime in 1904. At that time this locomotive was renumbered in the CB&Q locomotive roster, becoming CB&Q 719 and classed K-4. It was renumbered CB&Q 919 in 1951, and after retirement it was donated to the City of Alliance in 1962 then cosmetically restored and numbered back to 719 around this photo date. (Submitted on August 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Burlington Locomotive 719 (<i>cab interior</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
4. Burlington Locomotive 719 (cab interior)
Burlington Locomotive 719 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
5. Burlington Locomotive 719
Burlington Locomotive 719 Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
6. Burlington Locomotive 719 Plaque
(mounted on west side of tender)

Presented to the people of Alliance by
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
April 1962

Class K-4, 4-6-0 type Passenger Locomotive
Later Stepped Back to Branch Line Freight Service
Built in 1903 by C.B.&Q. R.R. Co. at Havelock Shop
Length of Locomotive and Tender: 60 Ft.
Weight of Locomotive and Tender: 86 Tons
Starting Tractive Effort: 25,000 Pounds
Burlington Locomotive 719 & Tender image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2021
7. Burlington Locomotive 719 & Tender
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Jan. 31, 2023