At War" at the
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center
at War is on exhibit at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History
Center. This exhibit, partially sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the
National Endowment for the Humanities, highlights contributions
railroading made to Iowa and the nation in support of various U.S.
This exhibit displays informational banners on several topics including
railroading and the Civil War and World War I. Other banners explain
how U.S. railroads supported the war effort in World War II, including
the economy, national unity, troop trains, and the utility of the
railroads in wartime.
More banners include information about women in railroading, Camp Dodge
and the electric railway and the North Platte, Nebraska Servicemen's
canteen. One banner is devoted to Union Pacific's "Big Boy" steam
locomotives and their role in World War II.
addition to the dozen banners with rare photography, the museum will
show archival railroad motion picture footage in the theater.
A combination of artifacts and interactive displays will highlight
little-known facts on wartime contributions made by U.S. railroads and
the people who worked for them. See the
importance of U.S. railroads in turning the tide of war through the
years and how the railroads contributed to Iowa and the nation.
entrance fee is $8 adults (12 and over), $3 children (3-12 yr.), no
charge for toddler (under age 3) or free with purchase of select
excursion train tickets.
county residents with a disability who require special assistance and
would like to attend this exhibit, please call Boone County Public
Transportation at 515-432-5038.
of Iowa Exhibit
time, there were more than 1,000 railroad depots in Iowa, serving a
number of railroads. If
you have ever wondered about the history of these depots, wonder no
"Depots of Iowa" exhibit encompasses Iowa railroad depot history,
beginning with the inception of railroads and their depots in the
state, progressing through the golden years, and culminating with the
declining years of railroading.
include the importance of railroad depots as social centers,
communication outlets, and their initial catalysts of community
builders in the state. Color banners highlight depot history, with many
unseen photos. In addition, several interactive kiosks are available,
enabling visitors to view many Iowa depots, with more depots being
added over time.
page for more information.
Railroaders: Honoring their careers
the first of our articles highlighting the contributions that
railroaders have made to the industry. These folks went above and
beyond the call of duty in their work, and made important contributions
to railroading in the United States. Now, we are honored to be able to
shine a spotlight on Norman "Si" Simons. Click
here to read his story.
is the case with our non-profit operating railway museum, the Boone
& Scenic Valley Railroad, The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum
is a volunteer-driven organization. We are always looking for a few
good volunteers. Our Volunteers
page has been updated with a look at the many opportunities to
volunteer at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum.
help preserve Iowa's railroad history by making your
contribution now. Donations may be sent to:
Historical Society Foundation Board, PO Box 603, Boone, Iowa 50036,
or pay by credit card by calling 1-800-626-0319, Monday through Friday
from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The
Iowa Railroad Historical Society is a non-profit 501C3 tax-exempt
corporation, and as such,
donations may be tax deductible. More information may be found on our Support