Map Monday: Duluth & Winnipeg Railroad Map, c. 1881

Via Perfect Duluth Day, here’s a map showing an early railroad connection from Duluth to the northwest, all the way to Winnipeg. This was right in the middle of the era when both cities were booming.

Here’s the map, which also shows early railroad era connections from Duluth into Wisconsin:

Duluth Winnipeg Railroad Map

And an expandable close-up of northern Minnesota:

Duluth Winnipeg Railroad Map Cu

Interestingly to me, the early railroad line charts roughly the same path as the original “Line 3” route, through the Leech Lake and to the south of Red Lake, on its way to the northwest corner of Minnesota. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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One Response to Map Monday: Duluth & Winnipeg Railroad Map, c. 1881

  1. sheldon mains August 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    That line 3 follows a similar route is no surprise. Bothe railroads and pipelines try to follow the easiest route available. With the Big Bog and the lakes of Northern MN, there are limited “easy” routes available.

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