Richard P. Morgan was an engineer who surveyed the route for a railroad from Davenport to Iowa City. In this letter published in The Davenport Gazette, Morgan described the results of that survey along with some of the economic opportunities that were possible.
- According to Richard Morgan, what were the two major reasons that made the route from Davenport to Iowa City so ideal for a railroad?
- Compare and contrast the description of Iowa from The Iowa Patriot on July 18, 1839, to Morgan's description from The Davenport Gazette on January 9, 1851. What was the major change from 1839 to 1851? What were the commonalities for both descriptions?
Morgan, Richard P., "Engineer's Report," The Davenport Gazette, pp. 1, 9 January 1851. Courtesy of Library of Congress