Skip to main content

Copy the text below to embed this resource

Tales of the Rails
Date
1990
Main contributor
Dirk Eitzen
Summary
[videorecording] Provides an anecdotal account of the history of the American railroad in the Midwest through personal interviews and historical photographs. Features stories fondly recounted by old-timers who grew up along the tracks in Iowa, and highlights the importance of trains to daily life while capturing their aura of mystery and excitement.  Trains linked rural areas with the outside world and transported everything from mail and Christmas gifts to hobos and politicians. Reveals the significance of the railroad to rural communities in the first half of this century while capturing something of the character of Midwestern life and cultural history.
Collection
IUL Moving Image Archive
Unit
IUL Moving Image Archive