RAILROADS: The Pride of Peoria

In the 103 years since its founding, Illinois' tiny (239 miles) Toledo, Peoria & Western has made lots of news, most of it bad. Long known by such names as the "Tired, Poor & Weary," the T.P. & W. was twice thrown into receivership, three times sold at auction, and has to its debit one of the nation's worst railroad disasters (81 killed). After World War II, a long and bitter strike resulted in the shotgun killing of two strikers (TIME, Feb. 18, 1946). In 1947, T.P. & W.'s anti-union President George McNear Jr. was himself killed by a shotgun...

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