Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad Company Records

Institution: Newberry Library
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60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3506
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Date: 1855-1975
Extent: 2500 Linear Feet
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
Formed in 1855 by Boston capitalist John Murray Forbes, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) by 1900, employed 35,640 people and included 7,545 miles of track mainly in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. In addition to its railroad operations, this mammoth "Burlington System" was responsible for encouraging emigration and town development, and for stimulating local economies along its routes. It also promoted tourism to Yellowstone, the Black Hills, Glacier, and other scenic sites within reach of its tracks and beginning in 1934 introduced its revolutionary and enormously popular stainless steel Zephyr passenger trains.

Scope and Content Note:
Archives mainly documenting the 19th-century operations of the Burlington and its component railroads. Founded in 1855 by Boston capitalist John Murray Forbes, the CB&Q operated mainly in the Midwestern and Rocky Mountain states. The “Burlington System” was also responsible for encouraging emigration and town development, topics well documented in the records. There is also significant 20th- century material, including the correspondence of CB&Q president Ralph Budd and material on tourism and the Zephyr passenger trains.

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