- St. Joseph and Grand Island Railway
The St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad was created in about 1879 when the
St. Joseph and Western Railroadbuilt a line from Hastings, NEto Grand Island, NE. Upon completion of the line, the SJ&W was reorganized into the SJ&GI. Doniphan, NEwas plotted in 1879 at about the halfway point between Hastings and Grand Island and was named for John Doniphan, an attorney for the railroad. The SJ&GI was essentially part of the Union Pacific Railroadfor most of its existence. When the UP built a shorter cutoff between Hastings and Gibbon, NEin 1914, use of the SJ&GI tracks gradually declined. The line mostly was abandoned by 1989. The only remaining segment of the line is a few miles between the Union Pacific mainline through Grand Island and the coal-fired power plant south of Grand Island. The power plant receives two to three unit coal trains per week.
* [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/markers/texts/st_jo_gi_rr.htm Nebraska State Historical Society]
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