Here is a terrific survivor from the days of higher quality railway travel: a glass swizzle stick from the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, that was made for serving drinks aboard one of its famous "Hiawatha" name trains. It's in GIFT GIVING condition.
It is solid, clear glass with blue enamel lettering: "The Hiawatha / Nothing Faster on Rails " SEE OUR PICTURES please !
(IMPORTANT - it is clear completely through - some of our pictures make it look like it is white inside - it is NOT.)
CONDITION is superb, with no signs of use. There are NO cracks or chips, NO scuffs and NO scratches. The blue enamel cresting is 100% with no loss. Even the tiny glass spoon at one end is perfect.
BACKGROUND: Per Wikipedia, The "Hiawathas" were a fleet of crack passenger trains operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (the famous "Milwaukee Road") between Chicago, Illinois and various destinations in the Midwest and Western United States. The name was chosen in honor of the epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Milwaukee Road launched its individual trains named Hiawatha in 1935, and by 1948 five were carrying the name. The most notable of them was the original Twin Cities Hiawatha, which served the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Others included: The North Woods Hiawatha — a spur route off the Chicago-Minnesota main line leading from New Lisbon to Minocqua, Wisconsin; The Chippewa-Hiawatha — connected Chicago to Ontonagon in Michigan's Upper Peninsula via Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; The Midwest Hiawatha — used the Milwaukee Road's mainline across Illinois and Iowa to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska (the train split into two parts in Manilla, Iowa); and The Olympian Hiawatha — which traversed the Milwaukee mainline from Chicago-Twin Cities-Seattle/Tacoma. All were discontinued in the 1960s-1970s era.
Under Amtrak, which assumed control of most intercity passenger rail service in the United States on May 1, 1971, the Hiawatha name survived in two forms. The first was a Chicago–Milwaukee–Minneapolis service, known simply as the Hiawatha. This would be renamed the Twin Cities Hiawatha, then extended to Seattle and renamed the North Coast Hiawatha. This service ended in 1979. The second was a Chicago–Milwaukee corridor named in 1972 by Amtrak as the Hiawatha Service. Amtrak used a variety of names for this service between 1976 and 1989 before returning to the Hiawatha Service brand, which remains today and continues to use the Milwaukee Road's route between Chicago and Milwaukee.
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