Burlington Railroad Heritage

  • · Here in 1852, The Burlington and Missouri River Railroad was incorporated
  • · In 1855, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (C. B. & Q.) Rails from Chicago reached East Burlington (present day Gulfport, Illinois)
  • · In 1868 The Burlington Bridge across the Mississippi River replaced the Car Ferry. This was reportedly the first all metal bridge built across the Mississippi River
  • · From 1881 to 1901 Charles E. Perkins of Burlington was President of Burlington System Lines
  • · In 1887, George Westinghouse perfected the Air Brake on West Burlington Hill
  • · In 1934, The Burlington Zephyr, First Diesel Streamline Train in America was exhibited here and in 1935 service to St. Louis by the Mark Twain Zephyr was established