A Missouri Railroad Pioneer, The Life of Louis Houck

Presented by Dr. Joel Rhodes from Southeast Missouri State University, program tells how the visionary Louis Houck built the early railroads in the Bootheel which opened the swamplands for development. These railroads were critical in the development of Southeast Missouri. They created access through the swampy regions allowing timber to be harvested creating a timber boom and the hundreds of jobs that supported it. The railroads provided a way for farmers to get their products to market or to the Mississippi River. Opening up the bootheel also created the opportunity for farmers to come in and clear stumps and prepare the rich soil to develop the most productive agricultural area in the state. Following Dr Rhodes program, the Moark Railroad Museum will be open for tours.