Part 2 - Railroad References in General Studies

Compiled by historian Don Meints.

Babst, Earl D. and Vander Velde, Lewis G. Michigan and the Cleveland Era. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1948. (Biographies)

Baxter, Albert. History of City of Grand Rapids. New York, 1891.

Benedict, C. Harry. Red Metal: The Calumet and Hecla Story. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1952.

Biographical Directory of the Railway Officials of America. N. place: Railway Age, 1885.

Blois, John T. 1838 Gazeteer of the State of Michigan. Detroit: Sydney L. Rood, 1838; repr. Knightstown IN: The Bookmark, 1979.

Borntrager, Karl A. Keeping the Railroads Running: Fifty Years on the New York Central. New York: Hastings House, 1974.

Bryan, Ford. R. Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1991.

Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest. 2 vols. Bloomington IN: Indiana Univ. Press, 1951.

Bush, George. Future Builders: The Story of Michigan's Consumers Power Company. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973.

Carpenter, Richard C.  A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, vol. 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Conot, Robert. American Odyssey. New York: Morrow, 1974. (Detroit, Mich. Central)

Dodge, Roy L. Michigan Ghost Towns. Several printings, several publishers, 2 or 3 volumes.

Farmer, Silas. History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan. Detroit: author, 3rd ed., 1890; repr. Detroit: Gale Research, 1969.

Fields, Richard A. Range of Opportunity: A Historic Study of the Copper Range Company. Hancock: Quincy Mine Hoist Assn., 1997.  (

Fuller, George N. Michigan: A Centennial History of the State and Its People. 2 vols. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1939.

Griswold, Wesley S. Train Wreck! Brattleboro VT: Stephen Greene Press, 1969.

Grodinsky, Julius. Jay Gould: His Business Career, 1867-1892. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1957.

Harwood, Herbert H., Jr.  Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers.  Bloomington, Ind.,: Indiana Univ. Press, 2003

Hilton, George W.  Lake Michigan Passenger Steamers. Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2002.

Hyde, Charles K., dir. The Lower Peninsula of Michigan: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites.Washington: U. S. Dept. of Interior, 1976.

---- The Upper Peninsula of Michigan: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. Washington: U. S. Dept. of Interior, 1978.

Karamanski, Theodore J.  Deep Woods Frontier: A History of Logging in Northern Michigan.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.  (Railroads and logging in U. P.)

Kay, John L. and MacDonald, Fred. Rail Travel Guide: Updated Agent and RPO Routes Listed by State and Railroad With Route Numbers, Directions, and Maps. Holmdel NJ: Mobile Post Office Society, n. d. (Railway Post Office service)

Krieger, Michael. Where Rails Meet the Sea. New York: Metrobooks, 1998.

Lane, Wheaton J.  Commodore Vanderbilt: An Epic of the Steam Age.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942.

Lankton, Larry D. and Hyde, Charles K. The Old Reliable: An Illustrated History of the Quincy Mining Company. Hancock MI: Quincy Mine Hoist Assn., 1982.

Lyons, David O.  The Kalamazoo Automobilist.  Kalamazoo: New Issues Press, 2002.  (Kal. Ry. Supply Co.)

Maybee, Rolland H. Michigan's White Pine Era. Lansing: Michigan Dept. of State, 1976.

McGrane, Reginald. Foreign Bondholders and American State Debts. New York: MacMillan, 1935.

McMacken, David.  Built on Pine: The Story of Ammi Willard Wright.  Alma: Alma Public Library, 2004.

Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections. 42 vols., 1872-1915. Shown as M.P.H.C. hereunder. Citations shown under serials.

Miller, Herman L.  Lewiston in the Lumbering Era. Lewiston: author, 2003. (Logging)

Potter, Janet Greenstein. Great American Railroad Stations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.

Renehan, Edward J., Jr.  Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons.  New York: Basic Books, 2005.

----  Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.  New York: Basic Books, 2007.

Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Grosse Pointe MI: author, n.d.; repr. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1986.

Russell, Charles. Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook on Railroad Information. Chicago: Charles Kerr, 1922.

Sanders, Craig.  Amtrak in the Heartland.  Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2006.

Saunders, Richard, Jr.  Merging Lines: American Railroads, 1900-1970.  DeKalb, Ill.:  Northern Illinois Univ. Press, 2001.

----  Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970-2002.  DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois Univ. Press, 2003.

Schwieterman, Joseph P. When the Railroad Leaves Town, Eastern United States. Kirksville MO: Truman State Univ. Press, 2001.

Scott, William A. The Repudiation of State Debts: A Study in the Financial History of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1893.

Simons, Richard S. and Parker, Francis H. The Railroads of Indiana. Bloomington IN: Indiana Univ. Press, 1997.

Stokes, David M. "Railroads Blue & Gray: Rail Transport in the Civil War, 1861-1865: A Bibliography." Railway History Bulletin, pp. 4-39.

Stover, John F. American Railroads. 2nd ed. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997.

Tanner, Henry S. A Description of the Canals and Railroads of the United States Comprehending Notices of all the Works of Internal Improvements Throughout the Several States. 1870. Repr. New York: Augusta M. Kelley, 1970.

Veenendaal, Augustus J., Jr. Slow Train to Paradise: How Dutch Investment Helped Build American Railroads. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 1996.

VonGerstner, Franz Anton. Early American Railroads. Ed. Frederick C. Gamst, translator David J. Diephouse and John C. Decker. Stanford CA: Stanford Univ. Press, 1997.

Waggoner, Clark, ed. History of the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio. New York and Toledo: n. p., 1888. (Erie & Kalamazoo; Mich. Southern)

White, John H., Jr. The American Railroad Passenger Car.

---- The American Railroad Freight Car: From the Wood-Car Era to the Coming of Steel. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1993.

White, John H., Jr.  “A History of the Railroad Hand Car.”  Railroad History 127 (October 1972), 65-95.  (Sheffield, Kalamazoo Ry. Supply)

----  “A Short History of American Locomotive Builders in the Steam Era.”  Railroad History 197 (Fall 2007), 8-116.

Wilner, Frank N. The Amtrak Story. Omaha NE: Simmons-Boardman, 1994.

Wing, Talcott E. and Charles P. History of Monroe County, Michigan. New York, n. p., 1890.

Comment. Most general state histories and county histories have some references to railroads drawn mostly from secondary sources.