The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Moment in History

RAILROADING IN HENDERSON COUNTY: After the county voted down a contribution to the Peoria & Oquawka Railroad, the General Assembly amended the charter to authorize a branch road extending from Sage-town (Gladstone) to a point on the Mississippi River opposite the city of Burlington, Iowa.

Oquawka gave this project no encouragement and Burlington seeing her opportunity at once set about raising the means to secure the completion of the work to that point over the branch.

In this she succeeded, and Burlington became what Oquawka might have been, a great commercial point and a railroad center for a large portion of the roads through Iowa. (to be continued)

1911 History of Henderson County