Over the years, evolutions and revolutions in transportation have
changed how Iowans travel. In Waterloo and the Cedar Valley, the pathways
that Indians first followed became stagecoach routes during pioneer
times. Later, railroad companies laid track along some of the same
pathways. Still later, roads and highways were built.
What was once a prairie path has evolved into today’s busy
highway, railroad line or bike trail.
Step 1: Review the Information About Railroads in Iowa
Then read about the The Rail Revolution in
Step 2: Explore the Prairie Pathways Map
Look at the trails, railroad lines, and highways found on the Prairie
Pathways map. Explore the different colors on the Cedar Valley
- Indian trails
- Wagon or stagecoach trails that brought people to Waterloo
- Roads that connected Waterloo with the surrounding towns and
- Railroad lines in and out of Waterloo
- Highways that connected Waterloo to other towns and
- Bike trails that were developed along abandoned railroad lines
Step 3: Write a Paragraph
After you have reviewed the Prairie Pathways map, write a paragraph
describing how transportation routes have changed from pioneer days
to modern times.
Possible questions to answer in your paragraph:
- How did the Cedar River affect how people could travel?
- How did the Cedar River affect the location of travel routes?
- How have methods of transportation changed?
- How have travel options grown since pioneer days?
- Besides bike trails, how else might old railroad beds be used
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