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 Posted: Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 10:04 am
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An 8 page excerpt from the Minnesota Historical society RE Logging in Minnesota back in the day....

It discusses various short-lines and logging companies with other interesting tidbits thrown in for good measure....

Many of the Primarily Logging railroads operated as common carriers in their various regions....

A good read that doesn't take long, but has some good information.

http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/27/v27i04p300-308.pdf




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 Posted: Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 10:45 am
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And for those who have said in the past, that a Shay was never used in Minnesota:


Alger-Smith Lumber Company Railroad,
The company railroad owned one Shay geared steam locomotive.

It was located at Knife River, Minnesota,
and logged into the Gunflint Lake, Rose Lake, Bearskin Lake, and Daniels Lake area.

The Alger, Smith Lumber Company, a Michigan-based firm,
was the successor of the W. H. Knox Lumber Company of Duluth, Minnesota.

The Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad was affiliated with the Alger Smith Lumber Company,
hauling logs for the company at Knife River, Minnesota.

The Manistique Railway, a Michigan logging railroad,
also was owned by the Alger-Smith Lumber Company.

John Millen was the manager of the Alger Smith Lumber Company,
in Duluth, Minnesota in 1912.

The Alger Smith Lumber Company started logging in NorthEast Minnesota in 1898,
and discontinued logging in NorthEast Minnesota in 1919.

Portions of the Alger-Smith Lumber Company Railroad,
were acquired by the General Logging Company, a Weyerhaeuser firm.







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 Posted: Thu Feb 6th, 2020 10:53 pm
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"This could be the start of a beautiful friendship."


For the past month I've been gathering historical information,
on the operations of the Split Rock and Northern Railway Company,
which was built to haul logs to Gitche Gumee for the Split Rock Lumber Company.

The operation included a 115-foot tug, the Gladiator, that hauled log rafts,
from the mouth of the Split Rock River to Duluth, Wisconsin and Michigan.

The company was owned by T.D. Merrill and Clark Ring,
who cut their way from Michigan to Minnesota to Washington,
where their descendants and successors in interest continue to operate to this day.


Thanks for the linked article.
I will come right back at ya with my strong recommendation to buy this book, if you haven't done so:

"Minnesota Logging Railroads" (catchy title, that)

https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/minnesota-logging-railroads


And yeah, I'm en route to constructing a prototype diorama,
with an operating railroad, in N scale.

I have a 3D-printed version of the Gladiator that I had made,
and a McGiffert Log Loader is on its way to me as well.


Charlie




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 Posted: Fri Feb 7th, 2020 12:28 pm
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Already own it Charlie and I agree it's a good one.


While I was Born in Duluth I've moved to yet another area of a multitude of logging lines....
The area around Jacobson (Mississippi Landing) Swan River.
 
(Have even recovered a few leftovers while tilling my garden,
from the logs that used to pass down the river in my back yard in Warba)


I heard Carr Hobby closed....What a blow to those of us who loved the place.


We should exchange a bit of information....
Never know when a poor old On30 guy might get down your way....

It could happen.  :)




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 Posted: Fri Feb 7th, 2020 01:16 pm
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Not only do I know where Warba is, I spent time in that area long ago.


Carr’s Hobby Store was still open last week in the sad winding down to its imminent closure.

There will be an inventory auction on March 7th,

followed by the second and final auction of Jack Carr’s personal collection on March 28th:

Carr auctions


If you feel like a road trip, it would be fun to share lunch on either of those occasions.

I’ll send you my contact info.




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I may have to try to make both of them.


Not that I could afford any of Jacks personal collection.  

OMG he has a ton of stuff.


Would be nice to see what he has had stashed away all these years...

We only saw a small piece hung around the shop here and there.




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