70th Anniversary Memorials

In 1922, when the Rock Island reached its 70th birthday, it decided to commemorate the occasion by a system-wide series of celebrations. Moreover, all the ceremonies were to be held the same day - October 10th. Each one followed the same pattern: a tree was planted and a stone marker dedicated to a loyal employee, living or dead, or one who had been killed in the line of duty. Altogether, over on hundred trees and monuments were used for this purpose. Never in the prior history of of American railroading had there been such a far-flung, coordinated effort made to commemorate an anniversary. (From The Palimpsest, September 1963)

 The following documents and image were contributed to RITS by Wade Calvert.