Part 2 - Railroad References in General Studies

Compiled by historian Don Meints

Babst, Earl D. and Vander Velde, Lewis G.  Michigan and the Cleveland Era.  Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1948.  (Biographies)

Baxter, Albert.  History of City of Grand Rapids.  New York, 1891.

Benedict, C. Harry.  Red Metal: The Calumet and Hecla Story.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1952.

Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America.  No place: Railway Age, 1885.

Blois, John T.  1838 Gazeteer of the State of Michigan.  Detroit: Sydney L. Rood, 1838; repr. Knightstown, Ind.: The Bookmark, 1979.

Borntrager, Karl A.  Keeping the Railroads Running: Fifty Years on the New York Central.  New York: Hastings House, 1974.

Bryan, Ford. R.  Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford.  Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1991.

Buley, R. Carlyle.  The Old Northwest.  2 vols.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana Univ. Press, 1951.

Bush, George.  Future Builders: The Story of Michigan's Consumers Power Company.  New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973.

Carpenter, Richard C.  A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, vol. 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

----  A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, vol. 4: Illinois, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Conot, Robert.  American Odyssey.  New York: Morrow, 1974.  (Detroit, Mich. Central)

Daughen, Joseph R and Peter Binzen.  The Wreck of the Penn Central.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1971.

Dodge, Roy L.  Michigan Ghost Towns.  Several printings, several publishers, 2 or 3 volumes.

----  Ticket to Hell: A Saga of Michigan's Bad Men. 53-60.  (John Smalley, train robber) <165>

Farmer, Silas.  History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan.  Detroit: author, 3rd ed., 1890; repr. Detroit: Gale Research, 1969.

Federspiel, Michaael. Little Traverse Bay, Past and Present (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014) (Grand Rapids & Indiana)

Fields, Richard A.  Range of Opportunity: A Historic Study of the Copper Range Company.  Hancock: Quincy Mine Hoist Assn., 1997.   (

Fuller, George N.  Michigan: A Centennial History of the State and Its People.  2 vols.  Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1939.

Gallamore, Robert E. and John R. Meyer.  American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014.

Griswold, Wesley S.  Train Wreck!  Brattleboro, Vt.: Stephen Greene Press, 1969.

Grodinsky, Julius.  Jay Gould: His Business Career, 1867-1892.  Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1957.

Harwood, Herbert H., Jr.  Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana Univ. Press, 2003.

Hilton, George W.  Lake Michigan Passenger Steamers.  Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2002.

Hyde, Charles K., dir.  The Lower Peninsula of Michigan: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites.  Washington: U. S. Dept. of Interior, 1976.

----  The Upper Peninsula of Michigan: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites.  Washington: U. S. Dept. of Interior, 1978.

Karamanski, Theodore J.  Deep Woods Frontier: A History of Logging in Northern Michigan.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.  (Railroads and logging in U. P.)

Kay, John L. and MacDonald, Fred.  Rail Travel Guide: Updated Agent and RPO Routes Listed by State and Railroad With Route Numbers, Directions, and Maps.  Holmdel NJ: Mobile Post Office Society, n. d.  (Railway Post Office service)

Knowles, Valerie.  From Telegrapher to Titan: the Life of William C. Van Horne.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2010.

Krieger, Michael.  Where Rails Meet the Sea.  New York: Metrobooks, 1998.

Lankton, Larry D. and Hyde, Charles K.  The Old Reliable: An Illustrated History of the Quincy Mining Company.  Hancock, Mich.: Quincy Mine Hoist Assn., 1982.

Lane, Wheaton J.  Commodore Vanderbilt: An Epic of the Steam Age.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942.

Lewis, Edward A.  The “DO” Lines.  Strasburg, Penn.: The Baggage Car, 1978. (Designated operator lines)

Lyons, David O.  The Kalamazoo Automobilist.  Kalamazoo: New Issues Press, 2002. (Kal. Ry. Supply Co.)

Maybee, Rolland H.  Michigan's White Pine Era.  Lansing: Michigan Dept. of State, 1976.

McGrane, Reginald.  Foreign Bondholders and American State Debts.  New York: MacMillan, 1935. .)

McMacken, David.  Built on Pine: The Story of Ammi Willard Wright.  Alma: Alma Public Library, 2004.

Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections.  42 vols., 1872-1915.  Shown as M.P.H.C. hereunder.  Citations shown under serials.

Miller, Herman L.  Lewiston in the Lumbering Era. Lewiston: author, 2003. (Logging)

Potter, Janet Greenstein.  Great American Railroad Stations.  New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.

Renehan, Edward J., Jr.  Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons.  New York: Basic Books, 2005.

----  Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.  New York: Basic Books, 2007.

Reynolds, Terry S. and Virginia P. Dawson.  Iron Will: Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron (re, 1847-2006 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011)  (Lake Superior & Ishpeming)

Romig, Walter.  Michigan Place Names.  Grosse Pointe MI: author, n.d.; repr. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1986.

Russell, Charles.  Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook on Railroad Information.  Chicago: Charles Kerr, 1922.

Sanders, Craig.  Amtrak in the Heartland.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2006.

Saunders, Richard, Jr.  Merging Lines: American Railroads, 1900-1970.  DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois Univ. Press, 2001.

----  Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970-2002.  DeKalb, Ill.: North Illinois Univ. Press, 2003.

Schwieterman, Joseph P.  When the Railroad Leaves Town, Eastern United States.  Kirksville, Mo.: Truman State Univ. Press, 2001.

Scott, William A.  The Repudiation of State Debts: A Study in the Financial History of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia.  New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1893.

Simons, Richard S. and Parker, Francis H.  The Railroads of Indiana.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana Univ. Press, 1997.

Stiles, T. J.  The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Stokes, David M.  "Railroads Blue & Gray: Rail Transport in the Civil War, 1861-1865: A Bibliography."  Railway History Bulletin, 4-39.

Stover, John F.  American Railroads.  2nd ed.  Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997.

Tanner, Henry S.  A Description of the Canals and Railroads of the United States Comprehending Notices of all the Works of Internal Improvements Throughout the Several States.  1870. Repr. New York: Augusta M. Kelley, 1970.

Veenendaal, Augustus J., Jr.  Slow Train to Paradise: How Dutch Investment Helped Build American Railroads. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1996.

VonGerstner, Franz Anton.  Early American Railroads.  Ed. Frederick C. Gamst, translator David J. Diephouse and John C. Decker.  Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press, 1997.

Waggoner, Clark, ed.  History of the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio.  New York and Toledo: n. p., 1888.  (Erie & Kalamazoo; Mich. Southern)

White, John H., Jr.  “A History of the Railroad Hand Car.”  Railroad History 127 (October 1972), 65-95.  (Sheffield, Kalamazoo Ry. Supply

----  The American Railroad Passenger Car.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

----  The American Railroad Freight Car: From the Wood-Car Era to the Coming of Steel.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1993.

----  “A Short History of American Locomotive Builders in the Steam Era.”  Railroad History 197 (Fall 2007), 8-116.

----  Wet Britches and Muddy Boots: A History of Travel in Victorian America.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2011.

Wilgus, William J.  The Railway Interrelations of the United State and Canada.  New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1937.

Wilner, Frank N.  The Amtrak Story.  Omaha, Nebr.: Simmons-Boardman, 1994.

Wing, Talcott E. and Charles P.  History of Monroe County, Michigan.  New York, n. p., 1890.

Comment.  Most general state histories and county histories have some references to railroads drawn mostly from secondary sources.

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