Wabash Cannonball, The

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William Kindt

William Kindt (arr. Michael Story)

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General Info

Year: 1904 / 1987
Duration: c. 1:20
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Studio 226
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

The Wabash Cannon Ball was a fast express train line on the Wabash, St. Louis, & Pacific Railroad. This express train traveled throughout the middle and western United States and also, on the Great Rock Island Route in the late 1800's and into the early 1900's.

"The Great Rock Island Route", also known as Wabash Cannonball, is the title of an American folk song which describes the scenic beauty and predicaments of the Wabash Cannonball Express as it traveled on the Great Rock Island train route. Over many years, this popular song's music has remained unchanged, while the verses have been updated by song artists.

As early as 1882, sheet music titled The Great Rock Island Route was credited to J. A. Roff. A rewritten version by William Kindt appeared in 1904 under the title Wabash Cannon Ball.

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