Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 9, 2014

AC history

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Jan. 9, 1895: Each day, 74 railroad cars carried 350,000 tons of Appanoose County coal out of local depots: Thirty from the Rock Island, 15 from the Keokuk and Western and 29 from the Central. Twenty-five trains a day passed through the Rock Island station. They included trainloads of cattle to Chicago. At the depots, freight bills were piled on desks. Finding extra cars to ship grain and hay was difficult. Agents were too busy to talk. Passenger trains were described as “chock full.” A Rock Island conductor said it looked as though everyone was going somewhere. (113)