in collaboration with The Spatial History Project

Union Pacific Shipping from Nebraska: East/West

In 1883 the Union Pacific compiled data comparing some of the main stations on its system in Nebraska including Columbus, David City and Lincoln which served as junction points with the Burlington system. In addition, they had data on the city of Otoe, which was on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) line. Visualizing this data enables us to capture large amounts of information at a glance and to discern patterns that might not otherwise be apparent. The visualization not only captures the traffic on portions of two railroad lines, but it also reveals processes of social, economic, and environmental change in a Western state. Shipments of grain and livestock can serve as proxies for otherwise less visible environmental and social processes.