Forest Lake in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Ribbons of Steel
Railroads were critical to the development of Minnesota; they connected its citizens, agricultural products, natural resources, and manufactured goods with the rest of the country. They promoted towns and cities along their routes, and opened new markets as goods and products were swiftly transported across the country.
The peak year of railroad trackage in Minnesota was 1929 with 9,500 miles. By the mid 1990s there were less than 5,000 miles of track remaining. Passenger service, except for the modest
Erected 1997 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 16.216′ N, 93° 0.552′ W. Marker is in Forest Lake, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 35 at milepost 131, 0.7 miles south of West Broadway Avenue (County Highway 2), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the southbound Forest Lake Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Lake MN 55025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of the First Swedish Settlers in Minnesota (approx. 9.6 miles away); Swedes in Minnesota (approx. 9.9 miles away); Tamarack House (approx. 16.8 miles away).
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
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