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Chicago St Paul Minneapolis and Omaha in Jim Falls Wisconsin

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Jim Falls Wisconsin

Falls Dairy and a grain elevator were two of the main stops in Jim Falls Wisconsin. Milk was picked up along the route between Chippewa and Hannibal, loaded into chilled milk cars, and transported back to Falls Dairy. Grain was also picked up the the elevator and special feeds were delivered to the elevator to allow the local farmers to survive the long winters. Beside the dairy and Zutters grain elevator there was also a fuel oil tank for the dairy, a potato warehouse, a pickle factory, and the depot on the same siding. The cars were staged at Norma and all were exchanged at the same time from all of the businesses on the siding. A truck was used to reposition cars at the dairy waiting for the next pick-up schedule.

 Oh yes...and we can't forget Grandma's house along the way! 

 

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Home of the Sturgeon Festival

The Sturgeon Festival has been going on in Jim Falls for at least 50 years, and bringing multiple forms of entertainment to the local community. When it first started, horse pull competition and fishing for the largest Sturgeon were some of the contests that brought avid fishermen and spectators from surrounding counties. Mix the historic festivities today with a parade, tractor and truck pulls, demolition derbies, and a carnival... what a great way to spend your labor day weekend, thanks to the local Lions Club.

 

Old Abe the Civil War Eagle has his home town statue at Jim Falls WI. Donated by a local resident to the union during the Civil War, this eagle helped his regiment out and became a decorated war hero

A view of today's actual shore line in the front of the area to be modeled

Left side of layout, just before optional Power dam and truss bridges Shoreline at middle left of layout

 

Shoreline near middle right of Jim Falls layout Shoreline located at the far right of Jim Falls at entrance

 

The Jim Falls Dairy from the front and rear. The tracks went between the brick and the tin buildings. The Fuel oil tank is still shown at lower right. The oil came from Montana at $300 a carload, plus shipping. 

  If you have any new information, stories, corrections, or pictures regarding this or any of the other towns along the Hannibal branch line, Please let me know, < E-mail > along with your permission to publish your personal memories in an attempt to keep the history available for future generations. Non-digital pictures will be returned upon request.

Thanks, Doug Stoll