Iowa Past to Present

Iowa Past to Present Online Teacher's Guide

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Chapter 6: Rivers, Trails, and Train Tracks: Transportation in the 1800s


How to get to Iowa was a problem for people planning to come here in the 1800s. The first settlers traveled on steamboats and stagecoaches and even walked from eastern states. Later, in the 1850s and 1860s, they were able to travel on railroads. Once people had settled the land and started farming, they needed ways to ship good from the East to stores in Iowa. During the nineteenth century, Iowans tried different types of transportation and came to rely most heavily on railroads.

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This online teachers guide was developed as a companion to the textbook Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie (Revised 3rd Ed.); written by Dorothy Schwieder, Thomas Morain, and Lynn Nielsen; published by University of Iowa Press. Select a chapter from the list below to find related content and classroom resources.




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