Soo Line 1901 1936

© Photographed July 26, 2018
Erected by Birchwood Area Historical Society
Birchwood, Washburn County, Wisconsin
45°39'25.5"N 91°33'21.7"W
45.657072, -91.556029
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It was at this spot in October 1901 that the "Soo" Railroad reached Birchwood beating the Omaha Railroad by only three weeks. Both railroads were racing to get to the vast hardwood forests from here to Lake Superior.
Because of the abundance of blueberries along the route the train would often stop to let passengers off to pick them. This is why the line became known as "The Blueberry Special". The last train on the Blueberry Line pulled out of Birchwood on Friday the 13th, November 1936. Maybe a little bit unlucky. We still had the Omaha running their train on what is now the Tuscobia Trail for another thirty years.
The photo shows the Blueberry at this spot, which was their depot. Note the house on the right of the engine, which can still be seen on Elm Street.
Birchwood Area Historical Society

The Birchwood Area Historical Society
thanks the following for making this marker possible
Birchwood Area Chamber of Commerce
Greene's Budget Lumber
Bemis-Hunter Post 379
Birchwood Lions Club
Henry Powder Coating
Special thanks for the design and febrication to
Cody Rurup of Rurup Metal Fab

The marker is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of North Main Street and Elm Avenue, Birchwood, Wisconsin 54817.

The marker is located in Birchwood, Wisconsin.

Birchwood is a Little Wisconsin Community.

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