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Near North Freedom in Sauk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society

 
 
Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
1. Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society Marker
Inscription. Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society has operated steam trains at North Freedom since 1963 preserving early 1900s railroading history. The museum runs vintage rolling stock on a branch line opened in 1903 to serve iron mines. Its collection of historic equipment includes the 1907 Chicago & North Western locomotive No. 1385, which is a rare survivor of the smaller steam trains that were once a common sight in Wisconsin. The equipment collection of Mid-Continent also shows skillfully crafted and decorated wood passenger and freight cars. Mid-Continent portrays the golden age of railroading, when railroads brought economic prosperity to many Wisconsin communities.
 
Erected 2001 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 461.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 27.632′ N, 89° 52.458′ W. Marker is near North Freedom, Wisconsin, in Sauk County. Marker can be reached from West Walnut Street 0.3 miles west of Maple Street (County Highway I / PF), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. West Walnut Street becomes Museum Road. Marker is by the parking lot of the North Freedom Depot.
Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 13, 2014
2. Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society Marker
Marker has been re-installed at its original location.
Marker is at or near this postal address: E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom WI 53951, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vodak Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Van Hise Rock (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Van Hise Rock (approx. 2.9 miles away); Ringling Brothers Circus (approx. 5.4 miles away); Clare A. Briggs – Cartoonist (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Ringling Bros. and Baraboo, Wisconsin Circus Heritage (approx. 6.6 miles away); Baraboo River (approx. 6.6 miles away); Sauk County Civil War Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Mid-Continent Railway Museum. (Submitted on June 14, 2009.)
2. Wisconsin Historical Markers blog. After looking everywhere for the marker, we finally asked staff inside the Historical Society. We were informed the marker had been removed "by the previous director" and that no one knows its current location. (Submitted on October 15, 2013, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
3. Mid–Continent Railway Historical Society Marker
North Freedom Depot image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 7, 2009
4. North Freedom Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 695 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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