This article was published in The Davenport Gazette and it shared the results of an information meeting regarding the building of a railroad from Davenport to Iowa City. Constructing a railroad was enormously expensive, and a variety of methods were used to raise money, both public and private.
- What method was Robert Lucas supporting for raising money to build a railroad across Iowa? Review Guy H. Carleton's 1850 map. How successful had these efforts been as of the publication of this story?
- What evidence did Lucas use to support public funding of this railroad?
"Davenport and Council Bluffs Railroad," The Davenport Gazette,pp. 2-3, 20 December 1849. Courtesy of Library of Congress