“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Avery in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Bumps on the Milwaukee Road

Bumps on the Milwaukee Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
1. Bumps on the Milwaukee Road Marker
In 1925, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company suffered the largest business failure in the history of the United States up to that time.

The bankruptcy resulted from a combination of problems related to the construction of its western extension. The final cost of the new line was $257 million, three times more than expected. More costs were incurred during World War I when the government temporarily seized the company. Additionally, the anticipated traffic over the new line never materialized due to the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, the increased use of automobiles and trucks, the stiff competition from the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern Railroads and the general economic turndown in the Northwest after the First World War.

Reorganized in 1927 as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific, the company worked to overcome its problems but slipped back into bankruptcy in 1935. It stayed in receivership until 1945 when it again was reorganized. The company then looked as if it had a promising future, but diminishing traffic, management mistakes and competition finally drove it back into bankruptcy for the final time in 1977. The last remnants of the line were sold in 1985.

Evolution of Milwaukee Road Heralds

In 1885, the
Bumps on the Milwaukee Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
2. Bumps on the Milwaukee Road Marker
railroad unveiled its first official herald. This version remained the approved herald until 1922.

In 1909, Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul created the subsidiary CM&PS to operate the new Pacific Extension. This herald was used until 1912.

This 1922 celebrated both the railroad’s new extension and electrification.

The 1925 bankruptcy resulted in a name change. This herald appeared in January of 1928.

In November 1928, the CMStP&P herald was modified more pleasing look.

1929 saw a black & white border added to help the logo better stand out. This classic CMStP&P herald lasted for 24 years.

In February 1953, the railroad adopted its long-popular nickname as the official herald.

A sprinting Hiawatha logo was created in 1935 with the introduction of the Milwaukee Road’s new streamlined passenger trains.

This logo featuring the sprinting Indian Icon appeared in passenger advertising in the late 1950s and remained a Milwaukee motif until the end.
Location. 47° 21.259′ N, 115° 43.767′ W. Marker is near Avery, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker can be reached from Moon Pass Road (Federal Road 456) 0.4 miles south of Loop Creek Road (Federal Road 326). Click for map. Located along the Route of the Hiawatha Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Avery ID 83802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rough Roads & Wrecks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Not So "Lucky" Swedes (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Route of the Hiawatha (approx. 0.4 miles away); Busy Bogle Spur (approx. 0.4 miles away); The End of the Road? (approx. 0.4 miles away); Laboring in Luxury (approx. 0.6 miles away); You want to be a Ranger? (approx. ¾ mile away); Railroad at WAR! (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Avery.
Also see . . .  Route of the Hiawatha Rail Trail. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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