Like its predecessor, the BRI was jointly owned by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (Rock Island), with each company owning half of the railroad. "It took its new name from the two owning systems and operated 303 miles (488 km) of track in 1930.".
to Evanston, August 1, 1886, and purchased, in June, 1887, by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company. The Road, as now organized, is made up of twenty-two divisions located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Missouri and Michigan.
Who Owns The Rock Island's Logo? The Iowa Interstate now owns the rights to the Rock Island logo. The Iowa Northern received permssion to use the emblem. It's not a beaver pelt, it's a buffalo hide. There was a story awhile back where someone with a interest in the RI was visiting a cattle slaughter house.
Historic Railroad Documents? The section which follows contains links to the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific pages from the Official Railway Guides which I have available. From discussions on the IO Group website, I hope that there may be several ongoing research or data compilation projects which might benefit from some of the information in these entries.
The railroad operated the line until April 1904 when the Rock Island System acquired the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf railroad and most of its property. In 1948, the Rock Island System reorganized under the name Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company (CRI & P) and operated the line between McAlester and Shawnee.
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