Funding construction of railroads required support from multiple levels of government and a mix of public and private funds. The nature of railroads made the actions of any town or city of great interest to other towns or communities on the railroad’s proposed line. This letter from the president of the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad Company to the mayor of Davenport was published in The Council Bluffs Nonpareil.
- What had the city of Davenport done that resulted in this letter, and what did John Dix want Davenport to do?
- What methods of public funding had the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad Company already received? Who had authorized that funding? What additional method of public funding was Dix requesting? Who could authorize that funding?
- How does Dix's request of the city of Davenport compare to the other news stories about railroad funding?
"Mississippi and Missouri Railroad," The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, pp. 2, 20 June 1857. Courtesy of Library of Congress