376 Route 54. RED RIVER VALLEY.
the fertile Red River Valley, one of the great wheat-growing regions
of the world, its crop often amounting to 50 million bushels. Num¬
erous grain-elevators are seen in all directions. 220 M. Barnesville is
the point where the double line up the Red River Valley, mentioned
at p. 375, begins. —243M. Moorhead, see p. 471. —244M. Fargo,
see p. 471. Hence to (472 M.) Winnipeg, see p. 375.
c. Via Crookston and Pembina.
483 M. Northern Pacific Railway in IT/2 hrs. (fares as above).
From St. Paul to (225 M.) Winnipeg Junction, see p. 471. Our
line here diverges to the right from the main line (R. fc3) and runs
to the N.W. through Red River Valley (see above). — 293 M. Crookston
(p. 467); 321 M. Grand Forks (p. 375); 369 M. Grafton. Beyond
(414 M.) Pembina we enter Canada. Hence to (483 M.) Winnipeg,
see Baedeker's Handbook to Canada.
55. From Chicago to St. Louis.
a. Via Illinois Central Railroad.
293 M. Railway in 8-9'/4 hrs. (fare $7.50; sleeper $2, parlor-car $1,
reclining chair car free; library-car on best trains, with books and maga¬
From Chicago to (56 M.) Kankakee, see p. 378. Our line crosses
the Kankakee River and runs towards the S., through an ocean of
maize or ludian corn. At (81 M.) Gilman the St. Louis train di¬
verges to the right (S.W.) from the through-line to Centralia, Ful¬
ton, and New Orleans (see R. 63). 123 M. Laurette, the junction
of a cross-line to Rantoul (p. 402). At (148 M.) Clinton (Magill
Ho., $172-2), a railway-centre of some importance, a branch-line
diverges to (21 M.) Decatur (p. 377). At (170 M.) Mt. Pulaski our
line is crossed by that from Peoria to Evansville (p. 394). — 193 M.
Springfield (p. 377). 236 M. Litchfield (p. 377); 244 M. Mt. Olive;
257 M. Alhambra; 289 M. Bridge Junction; 290 M. East St: Louis.
293 M. St. Louis, see p. 389.
It should he noticed that some of the trains entering St. Louis, both
on this and other lines, do not touch E. St. Louis but cross the Merchants'
Bridge (p. 394) and skirt the levee on the W. side of the river.
b. Via Chicago and Alton Railway.
284 M. Railway in 8-10>/2 hrs. (fares as above).
Chicago (Canal St. Depot), see p. 346. The line runs to the S.W.
through the prairies of Illinois, passing at first several suburban
stations. 33M.Lockport (2659 inhab.), the terminus of the Chicago
Drainage Canal (p. 352); 37 M. Joliet (see p. 493). — 74 M. Dwight,
the original home of Keeley's 'Gold Cure'.
At Dwight diverges (to the right) the line for (80 M ) Peoria, to which
solid through - trains run from Chicago in 43/j hrs. — Peoria (National,