Gary to Watertown


Map submitted by Andrew Laverdiere.

This line was constructed in 1873 and abandoned in 1955.

See also Watertown to Redfield, Watertown to Leola and Brookings to Watertown, all abandoned by the C&NW in this region.

Line originally continued on northwest to the outlet of Lake Kampeska. Federal government deemed the railroad could not go that far, so the railroad tore up five miles of track back to the east side of the Big Sioux River and started Watertown. This was the first rail abandonment in South Dakota.

Scott Sherman
Rapid City, SD


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