Sauke Center to Park Rapids

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(Forwarded from the Wadena & Park Rapids Railroad)

The Sauk Centre and Northern Railway Company built a line from Sauke Centre north to Browerville in the spring of 1882, and up to Clarissa later that year, then up to Eagle Bend in 1883. The St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad took control of the line in 1883.

In 1891, the Wadena and Park Rapids Railroad continued building from Eagle Bend up through Wadena to Park Rapids. The StPM&M took over that line in 1891.

The Great Northern took control of the line in 1907, and referred to the line as being part of the "K" Line.

The line was abandoned around 1964.

Towns along the line:

  • Sauke Centre
  • Little Sauk
  • Round Prairie
  • Long Prairie
  • Browerville
  • Clarissa
  • Eagle Bend
  • Bertha
  • Hewitt
  • Wadena
  • Sebeka
  • Menagha
  • Park Rapids

Traces of the old grade can still be seen today between Sauke Centre and Wadena, as most of it runs parallel to Highway 71. Between Wadena and Park Rapids the old grade is used as a recreational trail.

Thanks to Adam Jelinski for contributing information about this route.

I have always noticed what looked like an old railway between Long Prairie and Sauk Centre, I recently drove from Long Prairie to Bertha area and once again spotted this old line, it just seems to disappear at the swamps, so it makes me curious to know if someone actually came along and intentionally removed those sections, or maybe it was done when the highway was rebuilt. It I sad to see them not be used by anything. It would be nice to have them open for alternative travel. I don't know if any railroad companies still own these properties, or if it went back to private parties. Thanks to this website for answering my questions on these railways. It would be nice to have a current rail map overlaying an old map to show the changes in the state. I also like seeing the info. showing little unknown towns that are on the lines. Some of these towns get forgotten about, so if anyone knows of a good website that you can go to and submit ghost town info. for the state please post it. Thanks

Gina
Bowlus, MN
1/4/2015

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The correct abandonment dates are:

Park Rapids to Cass Lake: 1972

Sauk Center to Long Prairie: 1974

Long Prarie to Park Rapids: 1984

Jason Trosvig
Ottertail, MN
4/30/2016

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