June flowers along the Skally

According to the Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s Rocket) entry on Minnesota Wildflowers, this flower blooms in late spring and are short lived. Driving past today I noticed the blooms were all gone and the area now looks very green and boring.

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Video Tour: Northern Pacific Skally Line at Mile Post 7

I’ve really taken to my Flip video camera and started capturing location shots where I walk around an area filming video giving a short tour with annotations. This can be done in about 30 minutes and, if I am careful about my shots, it requires little editing. I’m getting better with steadying my hand and […]

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Old Crossing Signs

On a recent trip to Stillwater, Minnesota, I was taking the shortcut down McKusick and noticed, to my dismay, the new “Exempt” signs attached to the crossings of the Minnesota Zephyr. I had known that they had closed shop this year, but maybe I wished to ignore the truth. Well, this sign, no pun intended, […]

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Naming of the Skally Line

The other day I received an E-mail referencing a previous post about the Skally Line (St. Paul and Duluth Skally Line – April 15, 2009). The sender was asking how the line was named. Up until this week I had found info about that line to be scarce. However, this week, after his question intrigued me, […]

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Book: The Taylors Falls and Lake Superior Railroad

“Going up north” is a tradition that most Minnesotans hold dear.  Up north can pretty much be anywhere north of the Twin Cities where people go on the weekends to a cabin they own or rent on or near a lake. I’ve enjoyed going up north with my wife both to our honeymoon spot near […]

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St. Paul and Duluth Skally Line

Originally built by the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad to connect its namesake cities of St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota, the Skally Line defined the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad as it was their only main track. The main line ran north and south through towns like St. Paul, present day Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Hugo, […]

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