- What does this news story suggest about the relationship between communities that supported the railroads and the railroad companies? What expectations did the communities have of the railroad companies?
- Compare this account with the The Council Bluffs Nonpareil editorials of June 6 and June 20, 1857. What did the people of Council Bluffs and Saratoga expect for their communities, and what was their responsibility for achieving those expectations?
Smiley, Robert, "Railroad Meeting at Saratoga," The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, pp. 2, 22 May 1858. Courtesy of Library of Congress