The Burlington Route Historical Society in La Grange, Illinois is devoted to preserving the legacy of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The following gallery of Zephyr images is a sampling of the society's collection.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.