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Rails to the North Star Atlas
Richard S. Prosser, Fwd Don Hofsommer
Minnesota U Press
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2007-05-03 13:51:03
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Rails to the North Star

A Minnesota Railroad Atlas

Due December 2007; preorders accepted (no charge until we ship).

By Richard S. Prosser, Foreword by Don L. Hofsommer.

Softbound, 296 pages, 31 b&w photos, 8.5x11.

See also: Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, Twin Cities by Trolley, and The Great Northern Railway: A History

"The sought-after standard reference on Minnesota railroad history.

"In the 1960s, Richard S. Prosser prepared Rails to the North Star, the first book that traced the routes of Minnesota’s railways. From the first land grants for the construction of railroads in Minnesota in 1857, to the height of the street railways of the 1920s, to the consolidation of railroad companies in the 1960s, the volume captures all facets of Minnesota’s railroad development.

"Much has changed since then, but rail lines still traverse Minnesota’s landscape. Featuring a section of redrafted full-color maps, Rails to the North Star is a primary resource on the history of railroads in Minnesota.

“Railroads were the country’s first big business providing the nation’s vital cardiovascular system, setting the tempo of life everywhere. All of it was reflected locally. Rails to the North Star is a masterful catalog of data, a treasure-house of useful information, offering ‘one-stop shopping’ in a field central to Minnesota’s history. All aboard!” —Don L. Hofsommer, from the foreword

Richard S. Prosser (1930–2005) was a railroad enthusiast who grew up near the Milwaukee Road in south Minneapolis.

Don L. Hofsommer is professor of history at St. Cloud State University. He is the author of several books, including Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, The Tootin’ Louie, Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland Iowa's Railroad Experience, The Hook & Eye, and The Great Northern Railway.