An illustrated biography of Iowa's railroad heroine
by Misty McNally
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Learn more about Kate Shelley's life in the Golden Age of Railroading. Or join Santa as he rides the Scenic Valley Railroad to bring gifts to kids on the Iowa frontier!
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Experience railroad history in Kate Shelley country. Take a ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley, bike across the High Trestle Trail, or visit the Kate Shelley Museum.
One act of great bravery brought
her fame. Yet this extraordinary woman chose an ordinary life in the Des Moines River Valley near the village of Moingona.
Which bridge did Kate cross?
Where's the Kate Shelley Bridge?
Does the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad cross that trestle?