Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company


Various → Milwaukee & NorthernChicago Milwaukee & St. Paul (1893-1928)Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific

Purchased: 1893 the Milwaukee & Northern railroad.

Operated as "Milwaukee Road" for 87 years.

Sold: In 1928 to the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific railroad (Milwaukee Road)

Reference: [MRRC]


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1898. In 1891, an act was passed exempting railroads to be constructed north of parallel 44 of latitude from taxes for ten years. Under this act as of 1898, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Channing division having 47.05 miles, have been paying no taxes whatever. [DFP-1898-0323]

1907. Road to Follow Trend of Ore. Crystal Falls and Iron River will be Connected by Strips of Steel. CM&StP Extension To Compete with C&NW

Norway, Mich. January 6, 1907. That the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad will extend its line west from Crystal Falls to Iron River, there to compete with the Chicago & Northwestern for the ore traffic of that rapidly developing mining field, is a project now definitely assured. Not only will the western portion of Iron County bae tapped, but it is reported that the extension will be built to connect with the Wisconsin valley division in the vicinity of Star lake.

This would give a short line from Superior, at the head of Lake Superior, in the western portion of Wisconsin, a convenience sadly lacking at the present time. The survey for the new line will be started during the coming week. It is understood that construction work will be started as soon as snow leaves the ground in the spring.

The extension from Crystal Falls to Iron River will follow as near as possible the ore trend between the two localities, traversing a mineralized zone only meagerly developed, but possessed of great possibilities. Enroute it will open up the beautiful summer resort country in the vicinity of Chicagoan lake. There has been much talk of this extension. It was confidently expected that work would be commenced last year, but owing to the fact that there was no particular opening in the ore shipping line at Iron River at that time - the Northwestern having pretty well corralled the business - and because of the scarcity of labor, the company decided to defer operations.

Now since the advent of new mining interests in the Iron River-Stambaugh district and the assurance of the opening  of a considerable number of new shipping mines, especially on lands controlled by Corrigan, McKinney & Co., which company is particularly friendly to the CM&StP, the railroad people have decided to push on to the west end of the county, subsequently (sic), it is believed, continuing the line to a junction with the Wisconsin valley system.

May Reach Vulcan District

It has developed also that, in the eastern portion of the Menominee range, the proposed extension of the CM&StP contemplates an extension, not only to Norway, but to the Vulcan district as well, thus further cutting into territory here fore monopolized by the C&NW company. Several routes have been surveyed. It is known that the St. Paul company has been tendered some very desirable ore-carrying contracts at Norway and Vulcan if the branch is constructed this year.  Another fact not generally known, one that has heretofore prevented other roads from reaching several mines in the Norway district is that the surface rights contract held by the Northwestern road with the Keweenaw association, covering a period of twenty-five years, expires January 1, 1907 and the mines tied up by this contract are now at liberty to do business with competing lines. [DFP-1907-0107]

1980. Route sold to the Escanaba & Lake Superior railroad.

1891. Purchases 158.9 miles of main line from the Milwaukee & Northern in Michigan. [MCR-1902] Note: [MRRL} says this took place in 1893.

1902. SNAPSHOT. The railroad has 13 crossings of other railroads at grade. C&NW at Balsam, Wabik, Armenia, Antoine, Crystal Falls, Iron Mountain and Menominee. DSS&A at Sidnaw, Champion, Republic and Milwaukee Junction. Ann Arbor railroad in Menominee. and Escanaba Iron Mountain & Western railroad at Antoine. Interlocking systems were in operation at Antoine, Milwaukee Junction, Wabik and Sidnaw, Farmer & Saxby pattern. The railroad crossed under the C&NW at west of Iron Mountain and at Escanaba, under the E&LS at Escanaba, and under the Escanaba Street railroad at Escanaba. The railroad had 94 highway crossings of which 8 were protected by gages or flagmen. The railroad employed 351 people in Michigan, including 25 conductors, 13 engineers and firemen, 53 brakemen, 7 baggagemen, 111 laborers and 14 yardmen. They had 25 track sections in Michigan average length o 6.25 miles, with 2 men in each section. Five largest categories of freight moved in Michigan as a percentage of tons: ore (62%); logs and forest products (27%);  lumber and lathe (6%); coal (3%) and other products (2%). The company works with the United States Express company. System wide (nationally), they have 6,391 miles of telegraph poles, and 25,064 miles of wire. Western Union and Northwestern Telegraph in some cases furnished some material and claim joint ownership. Pullman provides sleeping cars. [MCR-1903]

 

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company


Various → Milwaukee & NorthernChicago Milwaukee & St. Paul (1893-1928)Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific

Purchased: 1893 the Milwaukee & Northern railroad.

Operated as "Milwaukee Road" for 87 years.

Sold: In 1928 to the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific railroad (Milwaukee Road)

Reference: [MRRC]


Notes


Time Line

1898. In 1891, an act was passed exempting railroads to be constructed north of parallel 44 of latitude from taxes for ten years. Under this act as of 1898, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Channing division having 47.05 miles, have been paying no taxes whatever. [DFP-1898-0323]

1907. Road to Follow Trend of Ore. Crystal Falls and Iron River will be Connected by Strips of Steel. CM&StP Extension To Compete with C&NW

Norway, Mich. January 6, 1907. That the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad will extend its line west from Crystal Falls to Iron River, there to compete with the Chicago & Northwestern for the ore traffic of that rapidly developing mining field, is a project now definitely assured. Not only will the western portion of Iron County bae tapped, but it is reported that the extension will be built to connect with the Wisconsin valley division in the vicinity of Star lake.

This would give a short line from Superior, at the head of Lake Superior, in the western portion of Wisconsin, a convenience sadly lacking at the present time. The survey for the new line will be started during the coming week. It is understood that construction work will be started as soon as snow leaves the ground in the spring.

The extension from Crystal Falls to Iron River will follow as near as possible the ore trend between the two localities, traversing a mineralized zone only meagerly developed, but possessed of great possibilities. Enroute it will open up the beautiful summer resort country in the vicinity of Chicagoan lake. There has been much talk of this extension. It was confidently expected that work would be commenced last year, but owing to the fact that there was no particular opening in the ore shipping line at Iron River at that time - the Northwestern having pretty well corralled the business - and because of the scarcity of labor, the company decided to defer operations.

Now since the advent of new mining interests in the Iron River-Stambaugh district and the assurance of the opening  of a considerable number of new shipping mines, especially on lands controlled by Corrigan, McKinney & Co., which company is particularly friendly to the CM&StP, the railroad people have decided to push on to the west end of the county, subsequently (sic), it is believed, continuing the line to a junction with the Wisconsin valley system.

May Reach Vulcan District

It has developed also that, in the eastern portion of the Menominee range, the proposed extension of the CM&StP contemplates an extension, not only to Norway, but to the Vulcan district as well, thus further cutting into territory here fore monopolized by the C&NW company. Several routes have been surveyed. It is known that the St. Paul company has been tendered some very desirable ore-carrying contracts at Norway and Vulcan if the branch is constructed this year.  Another fact not generally known, one that has heretofore prevented other roads from reaching several mines in the Norway district is that the surface rights contract held by the Northwestern road with the Keweenaw association, covering a period of twenty-five years, expires January 1, 1907 and the mines tied up by this contract are now at liberty to do business with competing lines. [DFP-1907-0107]

1980. Route sold to the Escanaba & Lake Superior railroad.

1891. Purchases 158.9 miles of main line from the Milwaukee & Northern in Michigan. [MCR-1902] Note: [MRRL} says this took place in 1893.

1902. SNAPSHOT. The railroad has 13 crossings of other railroads at grade. C&NW at Balsam, Wabik, Armenia, Antoine, Crystal Falls, Iron Mountain and Menominee. DSS&A at Sidnaw, Champion, Republic and Milwaukee Junction. Ann Arbor railroad in Menominee. and Escanaba Iron Mountain & Western railroad at Antoine. Interlocking systems were in operation at Antoine, Milwaukee Junction, Wabik and Sidnaw, Farmer & Saxby pattern. The railroad crossed under the C&NW at west of Iron Mountain and at Escanaba, under the E&LS at Escanaba, and under the Escanaba Street railroad at Escanaba. The railroad had 94 highway crossings of which 8 were protected by gages or flagmen. The railroad employed 351 people in Michigan, including 25 conductors, 13 engineers and firemen, 53 brakemen, 7 baggagemen, 111 laborers and 14 yardmen. They had 25 track sections in Michigan average length o 6.25 miles, with 2 men in each section. Five largest categories of freight moved in Michigan as a percentage of tons: ore (62%); logs and forest products (27%);  lumber and lathe (6%); coal (3%) and other products (2%). The company works with the United States Express company. System wide (nationally), they have 6,391 miles of telegraph poles, and 25,064 miles of wire. Western Union and Northwestern Telegraph in some cases furnished some material and claim joint ownership. Pullman provides sleeping cars. [MCR-1903]

 

Bibliography

The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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