Sunday, December 29, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 29

December 29, 1906 - The articles of incorporation of a new Minnesota railroad company, the Big Fork & International Falls railway, were filed with the secretary of state’s office on this date. E. W. Backus, W. F. Brooks and C. J. Rockwood, all of Minneapolis, are listed as the incorporators and first board of directors.

Once completed, the new line will make it possible for a business man or tourist to take the evening Northern Pacific passenger at Minneapolis and by a continuous night trip of 320 miles over the Northern Pacific, its branch, the Minnesota & International, and the new Big Fork extension; arrive at International Falls in time for breakfast without change of cars.

The Minneapolis Journal; “New Minneapolis Link to Canadian Boundary, Great Traffic Outlet Certain, Railroad Will Link Minneapolis and International Falls This Year. Short Line to Port Arthur, Fort William and Nipigon Country. Clog on Wheat Terminals at Duluth Removed and Great Section Opened.” Dec. 30, 1906; p. 1

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