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Hofsommer, Donovan L.

Overview
Works: 40 works in 120 publications in 2 languages and 8,210 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography  Pictorial works  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HE2791.S794, 385.06578
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Donovan L Hofsommer
 
Most widely held works by Donovan L Hofsommer
The Southern Pacific, 1901-1985 by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and German and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katy Northwest : the story of a branch line railroad by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

4 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minneapolis and the age of railways by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, Don Hofsommer presents Minneapolis from the 1860s into the 1950s, when railroads served as a unique link between city and countryside. Rails carried wheat and helped make Minneapolis the flour milling capital of the world; brought logs to Minneapolis to be processed into lumber that built towns and farms across the prairies; and delivered coal and all manner of manufactured goods and merchandise to Minneapolis, to its vast hinterland to the north and west, and beyond to the Rockies and the Pacific, making the growth of America's northern heartland possible."
The Quanah route : a history of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tootin' Louie : a history of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M & StL), affectionately known as the Tootin' Louie, was founded in 1870 to serve a Minneapolis business community threatened by powerful railway interests emerging from both Chicago and Milwaukee. Although its goal of providing a direct rail artery to St. Louis proved elusive, the M & StL became a 1,600-mile road that supplied essential freight and passenger carriage to the Midwest over its ninety-year existence. In The Tootin' Louie, railroad historian Don L. Hofsommer offers a comprehensive biography of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway and its Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois service areas from the dawn of the steamcar civilization into the post-World War II era. Incorporating an extraordinary collection of primary research documents, including station records and dispatchers' reports, Hofsommer brings the M & StL to life by vividly portraying the lives and times of the people involved in the railroad. His conversational style allows the reader to virtually see the workers, hear their stories, and sense their disappointments. The Tootin' Louie showcases the human dimension of railroading, emphasizing that the M & StL was long-lived primarily due to the loyalty of the communities and companies it served. Also a chronicle of business in the upper Midwest, this book reveals how the M & StL carried flour, lumber, even movie reels and beer between states and was often transportation for family reunions and other recreational excursions. Deeply connected to the Upper Midwest, the railroad company prospered and suffered with the communities it served. Essential reading for railway buffs and transportation historians nationwide, The Tootin' Louie is the ultimate guide to the M & StL and its place in an era of economic, social, and industrial change
Grand Trunk Corporation : Canadian national railways in the United States, 1971-1992 by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steel trails of Hawkeyeland : Iowa's railroad experience by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wide-ranging survey of Iowa's railroad experience, Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland offers a snapshot of a fascinating and critically important element in the state's history, and emphasizes the tight symbiotic relationship between Iowa and its railways. Packed with more than 250 photographs, this is a thorough and engaging book
Railroads of the trans-Mississippi West : a selected bibliography of books by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 1976 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Railroads in Oklahoma( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hook & eye : a history of the Iowa Central Railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing the story from station records, annual reports, newspaper articles, and interviews with former employees, The Hook & Eye brings both the industrial and human side of railroading into sharp and memorable view."--Jacket
The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway : a photographic history by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iowa's railroads : an album by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the pivotal role that railroads played in the urban development of the state as well as the symbiotic relationship Iowa and its rails shared. With more than 400 black-and-white photographs, a solid inventory of depots and locations, and new information that is sure to impress even the most well-versed railfan, this detailed history of the state's railroads-including the Ch
Railroads in the West( Book )

3 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes information on the Union Pacific Railroad, etc
The Iowa route : a history of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Louis Union Station : a place for people, a place for trains by H. Roger Grant( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prairie oasis : the railroads, steamboats, and resorts of Iowa's Spirit Lake country by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John H. Burdakin : railroader by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genuinely talented and successful managers in any field-business, government, military, academia-are scarce. John Howard Burdakin was a happy exception to the norm. This engaging biography examines Burdakin's life in the railroad industry-at Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central, and finally at Grand Trunk Corporation-during a tumultuous time in the transportation business and underscores his core principles and how he employed them in the management of people and property. Some contemporary observers may consider Burdakin's often conservative style as quite out of date, but a more sober assessment reveals that his approach has utility in any time and in any field. An excellent resource for leadership professionals, this study focuses on Burdakin's career in management, ever stressing his foundational convictions-how he came by them, how he employed those principles as a manager, and how they were understood by those who worked for him or with him. Through teamwork, trust, hard work, honesty, diligence, and integrity, Burdakin would become respected as one of the railroad industry's brightest guiding lights
Katy Northwest : a case study of branch line railroading by Donovan L Hofsommer( )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Iowa Central Railway : an abstract of a thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Arts by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Southern Pacific, 1901-1985
Alternative Names
Hofsommer, Don L.

Hofsommer, Don L. 1938-

Hofsommer, Donovan 1938-

Hofsommer, Donovan L.

Hofsommer, Donovan Lowell 1938-

Languages
English (90)

German (1)

Covers
Katy Northwest : the story of a branch line railroadMinneapolis and the age of railwaysThe Quanah route : a history of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific RailwayThe Tootin' Louie : a history of the Minneapolis & St. Louis RailwayGrand Trunk Corporation : Canadian national railways in the United States, 1971-1992Steel trails of Hawkeyeland : Iowa's railroad experienceThe hook & eye : a history of the Iowa Central RailwayThe Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway : a photographic historyIowa's railroads : an album