Though all-aluminum cans were in production since 1963, it took four more years to revolutionize the industry using a new alloy and draw process introduced at a plant in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
This is video from three separate runs of Minnesota Commercial along the Hugo line in June of 2010. This particular portion of the line starts at M&D Junction just south of Hwy 96 and Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It then goes as far north as Hugo where it serves a construction company […]
On an outing this summer trying to capture pictures of the old White Bear Boat Works (Johnson Boat Works) I came across a startling discovery: Ghost Tracks. While exploring the pedestrian path that crosses the ex-Northern Pacific Skally Line (now run by Minnesota Commercial Railroad) I noticed the path didn’t cross just one, but two […]
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.
“Census/Count Yourself In!/May 15” and “Recensement/Soyez du nombre!/le 15 mai” emblazoned on the side of a train hopper was enough to entice me into making a stop on my way to work Wednesday. The U.S. is gearing up for the 2010 Census, and I had assumed this train car, perfectly positioned so traffic on both […]
Typically, while my wife is away for an evening, my son will request that we “watch trains.” We have two ways of doing this, pulling out documentary VHS tapes highlighting the glory days of steam or trans-continental train rides, or going to YouTube. Last night he wanted YouTube–to which I happily agreed–and the first video […]
One thing I’ve learned about my many experiences at the Minnesota State Fair is that people love the word “free”. I’ve been on both ends, receiving rulers, pens, pencils, and other products emblazoned with the logo of a company I will never contact, and (for five years) handing out those famous University of St. Thomas Purple […]
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, […]