Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company

The Milwaukee Road was a newcomer to the Upper Peninsula when it was built to give competition to the Chicago & North Western from the Wisconsin state line north to Champion in 1887. The railroad extended west from Channing to Ontonagon by building and purchasing the Ontonagon & Brule River railroad in 1890. The railroad also built a line from near Channing (Kelso Jct.) to Crystal Falls in 1890 and extended it to Iron River in 1914.


Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific (1928-1980)Escanaba & Lake Superior

Purchased: In 1928, the lines of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry.

Operated for 52 years.

Became: In 1980, sold to the Escanaba & Lake Superior railroad.

Reference: [MRRC]


MILW diesel locomotives at Ontonagon

Photo Info: Two Milwaukee Road units await their next assignment at Ontonagon in 1975. [Bob Wilhelm photo]

Notes

The Milwaukee Road also had numerous branch lines to mines in the Menominee and Marquette iron ranges. For a period of time early in the 1900's, the railroad had trackage rights on the Escanaba & Lake Superior from Channing east to Escanaba (Wells) for hauling ore, and also operated an ore dock near Wells.

After the 1960's, the railroad cut back a number of its ore hauling lines. In 1980, what was left was purchased by the Escanaba & Lake Superior, as well as the State of Michigan (EL&S operator). The line continues today.


Time Line

1906. November. The CMStP&P issues a mailing card promoting Upper Peninsula hunting. [RG-1906-1123:142]

1926. May 1. The CMStP&P is ordered to be sold by the federal court. [RR]

 

 

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company

The Milwaukee Road was a newcomer to the Upper Peninsula when it was built to give competition to the Chicago & North Western from the Wisconsin state line north to Champion in 1887. The railroad extended west from Channing to Ontonagon by building and purchasing the Ontonagon & Brule River railroad in 1890. The railroad also built a line from near Channing (Kelso Jct.) to Crystal Falls in 1890 and extended it to Iron River in 1914.


Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific (1928-1980)Escanaba & Lake Superior

Purchased: In 1928, the lines of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry.

Operated for 52 years.

Became: In 1980, sold to the Escanaba & Lake Superior railroad.

Reference: [MRRC]


MILW diesel locomotives at Ontonagon

Photo Info: Two Milwaukee Road units await their next assignment at Ontonagon in 1975. [Bob Wilhelm photo]

Notes

The Milwaukee Road also had numerous branch lines to mines in the Menominee and Marquette iron ranges. For a period of time early in the 1900's, the railroad had trackage rights on the Escanaba & Lake Superior from Channing east to Escanaba (Wells) for hauling ore, and also operated an ore dock near Wells.

After the 1960's, the railroad cut back a number of its ore hauling lines. In 1980, what was left was purchased by the Escanaba & Lake Superior, as well as the State of Michigan (EL&S operator). The line continues today.


Time Line

1906. November. The CMStP&P issues a mailing card promoting Upper Peninsula hunting. [RG-1906-1123:142]

1926. May 1. The CMStP&P is ordered to be sold by the federal court. [RR]

 

 

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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