Rock Island Line Train Station (Iowa City)

Rock Island Line Train Station (Iowa City)

115 Wright Street

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station is a historic building located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. Built in 1898 for passenger use, it was the second depot in the city.


Robert Penn Warren at the Rock Island Line Train Station in Iowa City

In a letter from Robert Penn Warren to Paul Engle, Robert says, ‘I shall arrive in Iowa City on the afternoon of Sunday, January 7 [1944], on the Rocket.’ He is referring to the Rock Island Line, a railroad that went west from Chicago across Iowa. Though the line no longer runs, the old station still remains.



Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and University of Iowa. Libraries. Special Collections Department. Records of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1965-., 1965.