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Near Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Milwaukee Gasoline Locomotive

Play on me... but be careful!

 
 
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By Keith L, July 31, 2007
1. Milwaukee Gasoline Locomotive Marker
Marker picture shows the engine with its ore cars.
Inscription. I was built in the 1920's and helped build several dams along the Wisconsin River. Then Nekoosa Papers Inc. purchased me and I helped build Nepco Lake. Next I saw action working on the Nekoosa Dam and the water pipeline to the Nekoosa mill. Wood County borrowed me in the 1940's to help build Lake Wazeecha. The last time I saw work was in the 1950's when I helped rebuild the dikes on Nepco Lake. But alas, at that time the engineers found that trucks and heavy earth movers could move sand faster than I could. So I was retired to a shady spot on the shore of the lake where I rested until 1978 when I was rebuilt for my present job, that of entertaining children. The picture shows how I looked in my earlier years.
 
Location. 44° 20.647′ N, 89° 49.238′ W. Marker is near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 13 0.1 miles south of Nepco Lake Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at a closed recreational area and is no longer accessible. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Jones 2nd Burial Site (approx. 1.8 miles away); John Edwards Jr. (approx.
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By Keith L, July 31, 2007
2. Milwaukee Gasoline Locomotive
1.9 miles away); John Edwards Jr. Office Building (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Great Pine (approx. 2.5 miles away); Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick (approx. 2.5 miles away); Centralia Pulp and Paper Mill (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wood County Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Myron "Grim" Natwick (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
 
More about this marker. "...unique from the others, was the portable, narrow gauge line known simply as the "Milwaukee." The name had no connotation as to cities served; but rather, it was named after its locomotive, a Milwaukee gasoline engine.
Purchased in 1928 from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, the motive power, cars, and tracks were moved to Nepco Lake to be used for hauling dirt for the dikes and chemicals for water treatment. In 1931 it was loaded onto a truck and hauled to Nekoosa, where it saw service on the mill dam to facilitate the laying of the 40-inch pipeline from Nepco Lake to the Nekoosa mill. Other service was incurred in the 1940's when the entire
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By Keith L, July 31, 2007
3. Milwaukee Gasoline Locomotive
railroad was again loaded on a truck, having been loaned to Wood County for assisting in building a man-made lake."
Excerpt from The Nekoosa Story by J. Marshall Buehler. (1987).
 
Additional keywords. Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Company (NEPCO)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Milwaukee Gasoline Locomotive image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 31, 2007
4. Milwaukee Gasoline Locomotive
New Location image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, January 10, 2012
5. New Location
The locomotive and three cars have been placed on the rear lawn of the Alexander House, 1131 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, Wisconsin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on January 12, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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