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Waterloo and Cedar Falls Rapid Transit Railway

  • In 1895, Louis Cass established the Waterloo & Cedar Falls Rapid Transit Railway.
  • In 1896 he extended the system in Waterloo by converting the horse-car line into an electric line.
  • In 1897 he built the line to Cedar Falls.

WCF&N Trolley

  • In 1898, he made further extensions in Waterloo.
  • In 1899, he purchased the Cedar Falls & Normal Gasoline Road which he converted into an electric line.
  • In 1901 he built the line to Denver, Iowa.
  • In 1902 he extended it to Denver Junction to connect with the Omaha division of the Great Western.
  • In 1910 he extended the line from Denver Junction to Waverly.
  • In 1912 he built the road from Waterloo to La Porte City.
  • In 1913 he built the line from La Porte City to Urbana.
  • In 1914 he completed the line from Urbana to Cedar Rapids.

The WFC&N created a subsidiary company to build Electric Park. This amusement park provided much needed entertainment to the many factory workers and their families. You could ride the popular roller coaster, roll around in Barrel of Fun, or dance the night away. The WFC&N streetcars took you right to the park making transportation to the park easy.

The trolleys that ran to Cedar Rapids had open observation platforms, individual seats, and served meals! Those who used this service remember the plush cars and the speed at which it traveled (90 mph). As more and more families purchased their own vehicles, the company began losing money and made its last run to Cedar Falls in 1958.

Source: John C. Hartman's History of Black Hawk County, Iowa, and its people, Volume II, 1915.



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