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Page 315History of Story County, IowaPage 315

been a strong effort made to secure a railroad from Des Moines via Nevada to some point near, or at Iowa Falls. For a time it was hopefully worked up and one or two surveys made, but as vet this road is not built. It is a road Nevada and the county ought to have. It is believed T. C. McCall, of Nevada, was one of its most active workers. There were, however, active workers at Cambridge, but the road has failed to put in an appearance up to date, March 1, 1887.


After the completion of the C. R. & Missouri River Railroad, others came up such as have just been named, and such as now follow: The road now running from Des Moines via Ames, Story City, and northward, caused considerable attention. It was built by a company that made it a narrow gauge at first. But about four years ago the Northwestern company got possession of it and made it a common or wide gauge and is now doing a great deal of business between Ames and Des Moines. This road has five stations on it in the county, Sheldahl, Kelly, Ames, Gilbert and Story City.

The Iowa Central and Northwestern runs through the northern tier of townships, intersecting the Des Moines ands' Northwestern road at Story City. This road is not doing so much; but for shipments of stock and grain it is a good one. Its stations are Zearing, McCallsburg, Roland and Story City.

The C. M. & St. Paul, running east and west through the southern part of the county, is said to be doing a great deal of business, and is an important road. It has for its stations, Collins, Maxwell, Elwell, Cambridge, Huxley and Sheldahl Crossing.

It is believed the Central and Northwestern road running east and west through the center of the county is doing the most business of any of them. Its stations are Colo, Nevada, Ames and Ontario. Long passenger trains and many heavy freights are constantly passing over this road.

So, after all, Story County is well supplied with railroads and railroad stations. The county is one of the brotherhood of counties adjoining us, viz:

Boone, named in honor of Daniel Boone, the old pioneer and Indian fighter of Kentucky.

Polk, named in honor of James Knox Polk, a president of the United States.

Jasper, named after the noted and brave Sergeant Wm. Jasper, of Revolutionary fame.

Marshall, named in honor of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.

Hardin, named in honor of the lamented Col. John J. Hardin, who fell in battle during the Mexican war.

Hamilton, named in honor of the distinguished statesman, Alex-

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