A detailed history of the Chicago and Northwestern, from its beginnings a century ago, to the present, complete with maps, charts, and statistics. This for the railroad fan rather than the ordinary layman. The story is told largely in terms of the history of the area it serves and the great men who founded the road and kept it rolling-in particular, William Butler Ogden, whose baby it was and who served it thirty years; Marvin Hughitt, who acted in a number of positions for 55 years; its present president, ""Bud"" Williams. A complete account of the activities of the line, its founding, consolidation with other roads, purchases, competition, policies, extensions, increasing federal control, trusteeship and reorganization during the depression, and its ""firsts""- first to operate by telegraph, to have post office service, sleeping cars, diners, etc. A definitive study for the devotee, with a certain amount of local and regional reference value.