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 Posted: Fri Feb 7th, 2020 07:47 pm
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Charlie Ek


Joined: Thu Feb 6th, 2020
Location: Duluth, Minnesota USA
Posts: 4
I see it as my mission to drag you folks kicking and screaming into the 21st century.  ;)

I’m in the early stages of designing a prototype diorama of a logging RR,
that operated here in Minnesota just over 100 years ago.
The operation brought logs to Lake Superior, for rafting to a large mill in Duluth.

I knew the location of the log pond, but not the route to it.
I’d found a pencil-drawn map of the route, but it didn’t match what I knew already.
The area burned in a big fire in 1908, so aerial imagery was no help.

A broad Google search for info on a company founder named Merrill,
turned up a map of hiking trails in a nearby state park,
including one named “Merrill Logging Trail.”

Two online sources described it as having been built on the former roadbed.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources allows online access to a wealth of GIS datasets,
including one showing the location and name of every state park trail.

Another ten minutes of work produced this result:

GIS map made with QGIS
Google Earth image of trail location

Last edited on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 10:41 pm by Charlie Ek

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