In 1887, it was said that the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was the last major railroad to enter Nebraska, but at that time it was considerably south of Lincoln.
Still, in 1889, a published source said, "It may be considered a certainty that the Rock Island will come to Lincoln soon on its own track."
In 1892, the Rock Island's tracks did reach the Capital City from Omaha, the last major railroad to do so. Because of Lincoln's growth, no land grants were available within the city, so a mosaic of city lots in the form of a gentle serpentine beginning at about North 18th Street was acquired. Continued