Virtual Exhibitions 2011, no. 1

Promotion and Transformation of Landscapes along the CB&Q Railroad

Eric D. Olmanson

This virtual exhibition shows some of the many ways railroads reshaped landscapes of the American West between 1847 and 1965. You may choose to read chronologically starting with the overview, or go directly to a theme that interests you by clicking on the navigation slider below. To see an image's full view and caption, click the image thumbnail. All rights reserved for all exhibition images. For permission to use an image, contact the Newberry Library.

About the exhibition

The virtual exhibition “Landscape Promotion and Transformation along the CB&Q Railroad” is a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and the Newberry Library, a private humanities research library in Chicago. Researched and authored by geographer and environmental historian Eric Olmanson, the exhibition is based on original archival material of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Company held by the Newberry.

Washington Square Park and the main facade of the Newberry Library
The Newberry Library in Chicago.

We are most grateful to Doug Knox, Director of Publication and Digital Initiatives at the Newberry, for his tremendous support throughout the realization of this project. Furthermore, we want to especially thank James Grossman, former Vice President for Research and Education at Newberry, for his support, and to Martha Briggs, John Powell, and Catherine Gass for their assistance in researching, selecting, and digitizing the documents presented in the exhibition.

ISSN 2198-7696
Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions

About the author: Eric Olmanson

Eric Olmanson studied geography and environmental history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing his PhD in 2000 he served as an institutional historian until 2008. Since then he has been a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked on various research and writing projects. His first book, The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior, was published by Ohio University Press in 2007. It won the Great Lakes American Studies Association and Ohio University Press book award and was awarded the J. B. Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers. He is currently writing a book about the American Medical Center for Burma, 1945-1965.

Photo of Eric Olmanson on railway tracks
Photo of Eric Olmanson on railway tracks