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RAILROAD STATIONS, TOWERS, TUNNELS, and BRIDGES
IN MINNESOTA
A Historical Reference

Albert Lea
Benson
Blue Earth
Breckenridge
Brownsdale
Callaway
Cass Lake
Chandler
Clarkview
Cook
Danube
Dassel
Detroit
Dovray
Duluth
Elmore
Fulda
Glencoe
Hancock
Hibing
Holt
Iona
Judson
Kasson
Lake City
Lakefield
Litchfield
Lowry
Mahnomen
Mahtomedi
Mankato
Milan
Minneapolis
Montevideo
New Brighton
Nopeming
Odessa
Ogema
Orr
Oslo
Perham
Pipestone
Princeton
Proctor
Rochester
Royalton
Sauk Centre
Saint Charles
Saint Cloud
Saint Paul
Saint Peter
Shakopee
Sleepy Eye
Spicer
Staples
Starbuck
Thief River Falls
Truman
Twig
Underwood
Virginia
Warroad
Wayzata

Wells
Willmar
Winona
Withrow
Worthington

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Most of the pictures that are postcards were found thru EBay unless noted.
Some of them have been cleaned up and/or repaired when I had the energy.
A few of these stations are not around anymore, this page is mostly for historical reference.
I used to get to Minneapolis a fair bit for work during the 1998-2002 timeframe, so somewhere, I have pictures of some of these and more, all I have to do is find them :-)
Pictures from the Hennepin County Library are accompanied by a whole lot more info on their website.  Check them out, as they have what looks to be a very nice collection available online!!!
Another link I came across while looking for Minnesota info, with a few RR pictures in Fargo is here
What's the difference between a station and a depot? 
          Most people will say "nuttin", it's a matter of preference, although many will use depot for older buildings.
If they were available, and interesting, I included the back side of the postcards.
Note: the pictures with PHOTO and/or a black sub-title on them come from EBay listings by "rustygold".  He lives in Australia.  I'd like to know how this here down-under fella got so many vintage photos of "our" railroad stations!?  Most of the depots featured from his collection are no longer around.

ALBERT LEA - former M&StL Depot

For my railfan guide to Albert Lea, click here
GPS Coordinates: 43.647356,-93.376145
My pictures are from a trip I took to Albert Lea in 2006.



 







ALBERT LEA - former Milwaukee Depot

     






ALBERT LEA - former CRI&P Depot





BENSON - former Great Northern Depot







BLUE EARTH

For more info on train depots of Blue Earth County, click here

 





BRAINERD - former "new" Northern Pacific Depot

 





BRAINERD - former "old" Northern Pacific Depot





BRAINERD

A wooden bridge and the headquarters for the Northern Pacific Rwy.  Photo by William H Illingworth.
From theHennepin County Library collection of railroad photos.






BRECKENRIDGE - former Great Northern Depot





BROWNSDALE





CALLAWAY





CASS LAKE

From sometime in the 1880's or 1890's.  It was the first train station in town.
From the Hennepin County Library collection of railroad photos.






CHANDLER





CLARKVIEW





COOK





DANUBE





DASSEL

   From 1911 or so.



DETROIT (Now called Detroit Lakes)

116 pioneer St, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
GPS Coordinates: 46.819793, -95.845991


 

 





 




DOVRAY



  The tracks may be gone, but at least they still have a "Railway Street"!





DULUTH - Union Depot

 Card from around 1908.



DULUTH







ELMORE

 



FULDA




GLENCOE

  Postcard dates from around 1912.


GLENWOOD - former Northern Pacific Depot





HANCOCK





HIBING - former Duluth, Missabe, and Northern Depot





HOLT





IONA





JUDSON





KASSON





LAKE CITY





LAKEFIELD





LITCHFIELD

   



LOWRY





MAHNOMEN

 

  Today, nothing but grain elevators



MAHTOMEDI





MANKATO

Old pictures from: http://www.west2k.com/mnstations/blueearth.shtml, new screenshots from Google Maps
GPS Coordinates: 44.167442, -94.004459







 



MILAN

  



MINNEAPOLIS - ex CM&StP depot

The postcard is from 1910, the aerial view from 2013 is from Bing Maps.

 

 



MINNEAPOLIS - Minnehaha Depot

4900 S Minnehaha Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55417....... (651) 228-0263....... http://www.sites.mnhs.org
GPS Coordinates: 44.914182, -93.211317

 











MINNEAPOLIS - ex Great Northern depot

 



MINNEAPOLIS - Union Depot

 



MINNEAPOLIS - ex Minnesota Central depot

Built in 1865 by the Minnesota Central RR as their first station, by the time this picture was taken in 1900, it appears that the station had been converted and in use as an Armour meat packing plant.  The railroad later became the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul RR.
From the Hennepin County Library collection of railroad photos.






MINNEAPOLIS - ex CM&StP depot

At 3rd Ave S & Washington.
This is the second station for the railroad, having replaced a frame structure a block away.
It was razed in 1884 :-(
It served the St Paul & Duluth RR and the Minneapolis, St Paul & Sault Ste Marie RR.
From the Hennepin County Library collection of railroad photos.






MINNEAPOLIS - ex St Paul & Pacific depot

At 4th Ave N & Washington.
From the Hennepin County Library collection of railroad photos.
The St Paul & Pacific later became the St Paul & Manitoba, and then theGreat Northern.





MONTEVIDEO  - former Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul RR Depot





NEW BRIGHTON

GPS Coordinates: 45.050666, -93.195483
The Union Pacific used to bring some of their big freights up to the New Brighton Yard!  Don't know if they still do.












NOPEMING





ODESSA





OGEMA





ORR





OSLO





PERHAM - former Northern Pacific Depot

 




PIPESTONE - former CRI&P Depot

    1908


PRINCETON - former Great Northern Depot







PROCTOR - former Duluth, Missabe & Northern RR Depot







RED WING - former CM&StP Depot

Another link I came across while looking for Minnesota info, with a few RR pictures in Fargo is here


From about 1911. 



ROCHESTER - former CNW Depot

A couple of different postcards and views of the Rochester ex CGW/CNW depot.

   







ROYALTON - former Northern Pacific Rwy Depot





SAUK CENTRE

   From about 1910.



ST CHARLES - ex CNW depot

 

  The postcard is postmarked 1912.



ST CLOUD - ex Great Northern Depot

  From about 1907.



ST CLOUD - ex Northern Pacific Rwy Depot





ST PAUL - Amtrak station

A current photo of the Amtrak station in St Paul, soon to be replaced (late 2013) by the St Paul Union Depot.  This station started seeing service in 1978, and is referred to by Amtrak as Midway.  Only one train a day stops here, the Empire Builder, and services about 350 people.  It is on tracks owned by the Minnesota Commercial (a very railfan friendly RR, BTW).
Picture by  Peter Van den Bossche, from Wikipedia here





ST PAUL - Union Station

 



ST PAUL - former Chicago, Minneapolis & St Paul RR Depot





ST PAUL - Como Park





ST PETER





SHAKOPEE





SLEEPY EYE





SPICER





STAPLES - former Northern Pacific RR Depot





STARBUCK - ex Northern Pacific Rwy Depot





THIEF RIVER FALLS - former Soo Line Depot





THIEF RIVER FALLS





TRUMAN





TWIG





UNDERWOOD





VIRGINIA - ex Duluth, Mesaba and Northern depot

  From the early 1900's.



VIRGINIA - former Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Rwy Depot





WARROAD





WAYZATA - ex Great Northern depot

  From the 50's or 60's.



WELLS






WILLMAR - former Great Northern Depot



 

 


WINONA





WITHROW





WORTHINGTON




phew!

Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)


Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here


Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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