FOR HISTORY LOVERS AND RAILROAD BUFFS

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For the first time  ever, a complete history of America's first rails-to-trails bike path, dating from 1871 when the Chicago and North Western determined that to extend their reach to the West required the drilling of three tunnels through the imposing bluffs of Wisconsin's Driftless region.

From hundreds of documents, newspaper articles, books and the archives of the Chicago and North Western Historical Society, Karen Parker knits together a long - forgotten tale of determined 19th century industrialists, engineers and immigrant laborers who forged together a 32-mile section that is a microcosm of the railroad age and also the most challenging section of line in what was to become a 9000-mile sprawl of C&NW lines across the nation's mid-section. This book not only documents the heroes and villains who made it happen but also how the railroad brought change to isolated rural towns with its arrival and how those same communities responded to its departure by creating America's first rails-to-trails conversion.

112 pages - Softbound
ISBN # 978-0-9794694-1-1


About the author: Karen Parker is the editor and publisher of The County Line, a community weekly newspaper. she founded in 1983. She has won more than 25 awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. She currently serves on the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Board. In addition to thousands of articles and columns in The County Line, she has also been published in The Milwaukee Journal and in Midwest Living Magazine. Indomitable Pluck is her second book of regional history.