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Page 5 - The topography of the county varies from gently rolling to rough and hilly adjacent to the larger streams. The bluffs along the Missouri river rise to a height of 150 to 350 feet. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific and the Chicago Great Western railroads afford good transportation facilities, while the extensive river frontage gives an excellent opportunity for transportation to Kansas City or St. Joseph by water. The Missourian underlies the entire county, having...
Page 10 - The railroads also competed for funds with rapidly growing cities in need of municipal improvements. Other demands upon the limited capital supply came from industries: coal, iron, steel, lumber, farm equipment, copper, and an increasing variety of manufacturing and fabricating enterprises. High interest rates reflected both strong demands and high risks. Relatively little institutional money — money raised from the savings of the masses — was available forwestern railroad investment.