Guide to the Joseph R. Douda Railroading Collection - Photographs At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Joseph R. Douda
Title: Joseph R. Douda Photograph Collection
Dates: 1964-1986
Quantity: 2 box(es) (0.5 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS015
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Joseph Douda was born on September 19, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois. In May of 1937, Joseph and his family relocated to a farm south of Westmont, Illinois. In August of 1942, they moved into the village of Westmont. Joseph attended public schools in Westmont until 1948 and graduated from Downers Grove High School with the class of 1952. Further education included trade school, the DeVray Institute, class of 1953.

After school, Joseph worked for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company in the map department, as an investigator in 1952; in train service from September 1952 to January 1953; and in the Freight Claim Department as an investigator. Joseph then went on to work as an apprentice electrician at the Fisher Body division of General Motors on October 8, 1953; and graduated from the four-year course, which was based on hours worked and hours of schooling, in December of 1955. Joseph became interested in Black Hills Railroading during the fall of 1952.

On a personal note, Joseph married Joanne Wright on June 26, 1971, with whom he had two daughters: Kathryn Ann, born April 14, 1972, and Diane Lynn, born May 7, 1973. He retired on June 30, 1989 from the Buick, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac division of General Motors, which was the successor to the Fisher Body Division.

Joseph has been to the Black Hills every year, sometimes twice per year, from 1956 until 1989, and again in 2000. He belongs to the Burlington Route Historical Society and is a charter member. He was honored as a researcher on October 14, 2006 by the BRHS in recognition of preserving Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad's history. Most of his work was done at the Newberry Library and C, B & Q headquarters in Chicago from 1952 through 2003. He regrets that he is no longer able to do field research but is still active in the Society. Joseph has also written several brief articles on C, B & Q history, which have been published.

Books that Joseph has been involved with include several by the late Bernard Corbin and three C, B & Q passenger car books by William Glick. He also coauthored an article on B & M R locomotives with Al J.J. Holck

Related Material

Microfilm of Deadwood Engineer registers; Joseph R. Douda Black Hills Railroading Collection; Some collection material available in DLSD http://dlsd.sdln.net/cdm/bhsu

Preferred Citation

Joseph R. Douda Photograph Collection, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed by McLain Wunschel in May 2016

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 5: Black Hills Promotional Photos, Days of '76 Rodeo, General Views of Deadwood 1964-1986, Pictures of Burlington Railroad 1984-1987. Box 5: Pictures of Burlington Railroad 1984-1986, View from Around the Hills 1964-1989.

Box File
5 1 Black Hills Promotional Photos n.d.
2 Black Hills Promotional Photos n.d.
3 Black Hills Promotional Photos n.d.
4 Days of '76 Rodeo #4 n.d.
5 Days of '76 Rodeo #3 n.d.
6 Days of '76 Rodeo #2 n.d.
7 Days of '76 Rodeo #1 n.d.
8 General Views of Deadwood 10/11/1964
9 General Views of Deadwood: Back pf Passenger Depot 7/15/1985
10 General Views of Deadwood: Cart House 8/1/1986
11 General Views of Deadwood: Forest Avenue Looking North 7/15/1985
12 General Views of Deadwood: Deadwood Overview 7/15/1985
13 General Views of Deadwood: Miller Street Looking North 7/15/1985
14 General Views of Deadwood: Old Town Hall 7/15/1985
15 General Views of Deadwood: Lee Street Stairs 7/18/1985
16 General Views of Deadwood: Deadwood Overview 8/15/1985
17 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Deadwood Yard Rail Removal Sled 7/15/1985
18 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Deadwood Yard looking South 7/15/1985
19 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Engine House 7/15/1985
20 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Deadwood Yard 7/15/1985
21 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Deadwood Yard Hydrant 7/15/1985
22 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Deadwood Yard Looking South 7/15/1985
23 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Deadwood Yard Looking North 7/15/1985
24 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Xing Sherman Street Looking South 7/15/1985
25 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Sherman Street Xing Looking North 7/15/1985
26 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Bridge 106.41 Looking North 7/16/1985
27 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Freight House 7/16/1985
28 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Freight House and Yard 7/30/1986
29 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Engine House and Freight House 8/1/1986
30 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Engine House 7/25/1987
31 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Track Removal Looking South 7/15/1985
32 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Track Removal Switch Stand to scale track 7/15/1985
33 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Track Removal Looking North 7/15/1985
34 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Kirk Canyon Looking South from Pluma School 7/15/1985
35 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Crossing South of Bull Dog Ranch 7/14/1985
36 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridge 91.81 North of Bull Dog Ranch 7/14/1985
37 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Crossing South of Bull Dog Ranch Looking South 7/14/1985
38 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Bridge No. 1.86 Looking North from end of track 7/9/1984
39 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Switch Back at Fantail, SD 7/16/1985
40 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridge 1.86 Looking toward end of Tail Track 7/16/1985
41 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Abandoned Grade & R.R. Ties 7/14/1985
Box File
6 1 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Xing of 385 Looking North 7/30/1986
2 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Xing 385 Looking South 7/30/1986
3 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridge 83.46 North of Rochford 7/14/1985
4 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridge 106.41 American Bridge Co. of New York 1910 7/30/1986
5 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridges South of Stand by Nine Br. 82.23 and 82.05 7/14/1985
6 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridge 106.41 Looking South 7/30/1986
7 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: BN Bridge 106.A1 Looking North 7/16/1985
8 View from Around the Black Hills: Junction of Kirk-Fantail Jct. Line w/ Edgemont to Deadwood like at M.P. 103 8/13/1983
9 View from Around the Black Hills: BN Bridge No. 102.83 7/9/1984
10 View from Around the Black Hills: Curve in Kirk Canyon Looking South Between M.P. 101 and 103 7/9/1984
11 View from Around the Black Hills: Mile Post 101, Looking North 8/3/1983
12 View from Around the Black Hills: BHP Power House 8/3/1983
13 View from Around the Black Hills: Homestake Ross Shaft 7/15/1985
14 View from Around the Black Hills: BN Looking North at Oro Hondo Spur 7/9/1984
15 View from Around the Black Hills: Galena Smelter 7/29/1986
16 View from Around the Black Hills: Trojan Cut on Spearfish Line looking to the West 7/29/1986
17 View from Around the Black Hills: Cut at MPS on Spearfish Line looking to the West 7/31/1986
18 View from Around the Black Hills: Three rail cut on Keystone Line 10/7/1964
19 View from Around the Black Hills: BN Looking South at North End of Maintain Track 8/4/1983
20 View from Around the Black Hills: Alpha Mine and Ore Bin 10/2/1969
21 View from Around the Black Hills: Train #856 Cut off on Mainline North of Bridge 60.68 8/25/1971
22 View from Around the Black Hills: Wasp #2 Tailings Pile 10/4/1968
23 View from Around the Black Hills: HMC Water Pumping Station 10/2/1967
24 View from Around the Black Hills: M.P. 3.18 RR Xing Sign 8/18/1973
25 View from Around the Black Hills: Power House 8/8/1978
26 View from Around the Black Hills: BN Yard Looking South from Old CB& Freight House 8/4/1983
27 View from Around the Black Hills: Below M.P. 8.75 8/18/1973
28 Pictures of Burlington Railroad: Bridge 82.89 North of Rochford, SD 7/14/1985