If you or someone you know is planning to take a trip on Amtrak's Southwest Chief between Chicago, Illinois and La Plata, Missouri, then this is the book for you. "Outside the Rails: A Rail Route Guide from Chicago to La Plata, MO" includes 350 pages of interesting facts and information about the train route through Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. It might look like just corn fields - but there is a lot to learn about our nation's breadbasket in this route guide. Where can you see the site of a deadly coal mine fire from the train? How did the Sears Tower get its design? Where and when can you spot bald eagles when traveling near the Mississippi River? "Outside the Rails" answers all your questions about the history, geology, people, and places along the route of the Southwest Chief. Communities described include Naperville, Plano, Mendota, Princeton, Kewanee, Galesburg, Fort Madison, La Plata, and many more! This is the only in-depth route guide available for the train route between Chicago and Missouri.