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Smallest Railroad in the World


That's the claim made by the not-so-mighty Hillsboro and Northeastern, which maintained a grand total of 4.8 miles of track between Hillsboro and Union Center, west of Wisconsin Dells. Its story is told in this 1927 Wisconsin State Journal article, which explains the crucial role the private line played in shipping the products of local farmers to major railroads and on to urban markets. You can see dozens of photos of Wisconsin railroads at Wisconsin Historic Images, and read eyewitness accounts of early railroading at the "Development of the Railroads" page in Turning Points in Wisconsin History.
:: Posted in Curiosities on August 15, 2005
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