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If railroad history is up your alley, you’ll be right on track at an exhibit coming to the Muscatine Art Center next month.

It’s titled Railroads of Muscatine County.

Bill Lindsay is a contributor to the exhibit. He has several unique items. Many dating back to the heyday of railroads in the Muscatine area.

Lindsay says in 1916, Iowa was loaded with railroads. Travel in any direction, and you’d find a railroad line.

Around the turn of the century, there were seven active railroads in Muscatine.

Lindsay has a collection of date nails. Those special nails had a date engraved on them.

They were nailed to railroad ties so that workers could come back years later and see how long the railroad tie lasted.

Lindsay has a collector’s hat. Railroad dinnerware. A trolley seat.

Also included are railroad lanterns which are more than one hundred years old.

When the railroads came into existence, they provided a way for people to transport items out West, to the East, Southwest. Places where riverboats could not go.

Lindsay has pictures of the Milwaukee Road’s Hiawatha. Complete with an observation deck and a dining area.

The 1850’s brought some of the first railroad milestones to the Midwest, and it is a very interesting aspect of our country’s history.

The exhibit opens on June 29th and runs through January of 2015. All aboard! Get ready to ride the rails!

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