Beardsley to Browns Valley, MN
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Northern Pacific's second Continental Divide. Brown's Valley straddles the divide between the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico, and the Red River to Hudson's Bay. (The first was west of Duluth, where the original main line in 1870-71 crossed the divide between the Lake Superior watershed and the Mississippi River's.)
A 1918 Topographic Map show the line curving north of Browns Valley to the south east shore of Lake Traverse.
Agree with the previous poster about the line running to Lake Traverse.
Historic Mapworks records the line extended to the south eastern shore of Lake Traverse in Traverse county maps dated 1925 and 1930. (Where Hwy 27 is now)
Anyone have any idea what was there along the shore that the railroad used at the time? (If anything)
I was always curious to know if this line officially ended in Browns Valley back in the day or kept going west. Multiple sources seem to suggest this was indeed the end of the line for this route, but if anyone has any new info I'd be interested to hear about it.
For the record:
(1) The line is GN, not NP (originally St Cloud & Traverse Lake Ry, later St Paul Minneapolis & Manitoba RR (All GN Controlled)
(2) Abandoned by BN in 1995 (ICC Docket AB-6_369(x) Beardsley (MP 40.00) to Browns Valley...It had environmental compliance issues into '96
(3) Last 1.64 Miles built in 1906
(4) mentioned above was the extension (1.6 miles) to the edge of Traverse Lake. It was added in 1906 and removed in 1926, primarily for harvesting ice.
Did this line ever connect to Morris? It seems there is a grade visible between Graceville and Brownsvalley