Grand Excursion: Antebellum America Discovers the Upper Mississippi

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To celebrate the completion of the first railroad to reach the Mississippi River, the owners of the Chicago & Roch Island invited a distinguished group of Eastern notables and investors to travel by rail to Rock Island, Illinois, and from there by steamboat to St. Anthony Falls in fledgling Minnesota Territory, all at the railroad's expense. This "Grand Excursion" occurred a week after President Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act revoking the Missouri Compromise (1820), which had prohibited slavery in Kansas and ...

Grand Excursion: Antebellum America Discovers the Upper Mississippi 2004, Afton Historical Society Press

ISBN-13: 9781890434632

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