YourToyTrains- Model Trains- salutes Grenville Dodge, the Union Pacific Railroad Chief Engineer who oversaw the building of the first Transcontinental Railroad between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, in 1869. There is no doubt Grenville Dodge was a great man but a controversial man as well- I have seen books that label him a hero for his tremendous leadership and hard work, while other authors label him a scoundrel for profiting off his work. Perhaps both points are true.
We at YourToyTrains have found a unique historic connection. Grenville Dodge attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont- about two generations later Bill W., founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, also attended Norwich University. Bill W., maybe a bit less controversial than Dodge, was also a great man. (Photo was taken at the Sullivan Museum on the campus of Norwich University. The museum features exibits on both men).