Rock Island Line in Focus

The Railroad Photographs (1898-1925) of Jules A. Bourquin

By I.E. Quastler

160 pages, softcover

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Around the turn of the 20th century, a photographer in the small Kansas town of Horton began to take pictures of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway. Although self-taught in photography, Jules A. Bourquin soon was recording impressive (and rare) images of locomotives, trains, railroaders, and railroad facilities in and near his hometown. Most of Bourquin's pictures were saved for posterity by Everett L. DeGolyer Jr., who deposited them in what became the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This book presents a cross-section of some of Bourquin's best railroad pictures, accompanied by detailed captions.

More than 180 images give beautiful and fascinating insights into the world of railroads and railroaders a century ago. Published in cooperation with R&I Publishing and the DeGolyer Library, this is a stunning sequel to Quastler's Prairie Railroad Town: The Rock Island Railroad Shops at Horton, Kansas, 1887-1946.

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