Katy Northwest: The Story of a Branch Line Railroad

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - History - 305 pages

"Katy Northwest will be of interest to scholars who are concerned with the economic, social, and political ramifications... of all light railroad branch lines... Will be warmly received by rail buffs and by loyal friends of the Katy." --from the Foreword by John W. Barriger, Special Assistant, Federal Railroad Administration, and former president of the Katy

"If you are coming to this book for the first time, dive in! If you're picking it up again after an absence, welcome back. The Northwest District may be gone, but it lives forever here." --Fred Finley

More than just a history of a branch line railroad, this is a premiere book, with not only facts and figures, but also excellent historical writing. It details Katy Northwest's birth, maturation, and decline as well as the devastating effect of its death on the communities it served.

 

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this is a VERY WORDY book. It could have been written in 1/2 the words that were used. I mostly skimmed it. It was interesting to see how bad the physical plant was of the Katy. It's surprising the line lasted as long as it did. Read full review

Contents

Enter Frank Kell
7
To the Panhandle and Beyond?
23
The Wichita Falls Northwestern Railway
41
The Burkburnett Boom
55
19241927
71
Sale of the BME
87
The BME 19311949
107
The Northwestern District
129
Deramus and Damnation
145
The Hollis Eastern Railroad
173
The BME 19501969
187
The Death Warrant
203
Denouement?
255
Endnotes
271
Index
299
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Donovan L. Hofsommer, President of the prestigious Lexington Group, was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Ph. D. from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches history at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

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