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July 14 1901-1911: The five train systems that came through Appanoose in those years, offered to the people of Centerville and the county a golden era in travel opportunities. The Burlington offered connections to Lincoln, Nebraska, for California via the Union Pacific or north to St. Paul, Minnesota to connect to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Canadian west via the Canadian Pacific.
Also at St. Paul, transfers were available to the crack trains of the Northern Pacific to Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
The Northern Pacific trains had just broken the world train record, crossing the 3,178 miles from Seattle, Washington to New York City in 82.25 hours beating the old West-to East-Coast record by five hours and 25 minutes.
From Centerville, the Rock Island had high speed direct journeys to the southwest and to California.
Both the Rock Island and the Burlington offered from Centerville “low-priced round-trip tickets” for special events and locations: to the Iowa State Fair, to Kansas City baseball games, to the opening of the Mississippi River Dam in Keokuk. Advertisements invited people to visit the Grand Canyon, to see Yellowstone Park: “...it belongs to all the people...have you inspected your property?” (165)