Officials with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management agency released to the general public the routes rail lines take to haul crude oil through the state from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. The rail lines are complying with a new federal mandate to report shipments of more than a million gallons.
Guest host Dennis Reese talks with Richard C. Carpenter, author of A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, Vol. 5 (Iowa and Minnesota). A pivotal point in the discussion is the year 1946 when trains and railroads had quite a different presence than today.