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Area Educator and Historian to give Railroad Presentation at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum

Posted February 03, 2015 in Web Exclusives

Boone, IA -The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center will continue with its free 2015 speaker series with the second speaker in the line up being area educator and historian Dennis Holmes of LuVerne, IA. He will present a program entitled The Evolution of Boone Area Railroads Saturday, February 21st at 2 pm at the museum. Dennis Holmes hi res for press release

Dennis’ DVD presentation will cover the beginning of the Webster City Southwestern, Crooked Creek, Boone Valley Coal and Railroad through the Chicago and NorthWestern takeover. This interesting program will visually show the rise of these local interesting railroads and illustrate how they evolved over the years as well as the contributions they made to the Boone area.

Holmes, a retired educator, was raised in Steamboat Rock, Iowa on the Albert Lea to Marshalltown segment of the Minneapolis and St. Louis line and has lived his adult life in LuVerne on the Albert Lea to Fort Dodge Line. Dennis worked summers for the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad as a relief station agent-telegrapher clerk and has been a member of the Minneapolis & St. Louis (M&St.L.) Historical Society since its inception. He was a charter member of the Chicago and NorthWestern Historical Society and former editor of the Switch Lamp for many years, a publication of the Iowa Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. He is an active tour guide with the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa.

The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center is part of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society and located on the grounds of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone.

There is no fee for attending these programs in the theater. If you wish a tour of the museum cost is $8 adults, and $3 children.

For more information call: 1-800-626-0319. To see upcoming speakers in the series see the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad website at www.scenic-valleyrr.com, www.iowarailwaymuseum.org/events.html or e-mail: mike@bsvrr.com.

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