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Wisconsin Central, Ltd (WC) collection

 Collection — Box: 06-06-03
Identifier: MSS-378

Scope and Contents

This collection, MSS-378, Wisconsin Central, Ltd. (WC) collection, documents a 1998 proposed track connection in Escanaba, Michigan. The materials are copies and the location of the original documents is unknown.

Dates

  • 1998-03-16

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-378, Wisconsin Central, Ltd. (WC) collection, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, archives@nmu.edu. The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical / Historical

On April 3, 1987, the Soo Line Railroad announced the sale of its Lake States Transportation Division to private investors. This marked the formation of the new Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation. Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation (WC) used most of the original Wisconsin Central Railway's rights-of-way and some former Milwaukee Road rights-of-way after the Soo Line Railroad acquired the Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Minnesota holdings of the bankrupt Milwaukee Road and divested its older railway trackage in Wisconsin. The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Company, a Wisconsin Central subsidiary, acquired 207 miles of track from Union Pacific Railroad forming a Wisconsin Central connection between Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Ishpeming, Michigan, in 1997. Canadian National Railway purchased Wisconsin Central in 2001 for $800-million and assumed $400-million of Wisconsin Central’s debt. At the time of its sale to Canadian National, Wisconsin Central operated over 2,850 miles of track in the Great Lakes region. The railroad extended from Chicago into and through Wisconsin to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota, to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and north (through the Algoma Central Railway) to Hearst, Ontario. The former Wisconsin Central became part of Canadian National's United States holdings and its property integrated into the Canadian National Railway system.

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection, MSS-378, Wisconsin Central, Ltd. (WC) collection, consists of one series. This series is a set of fifteen bound drawings in original order.

Custodial History

The materials in Accession M15-11, which include the maps, blueprints, floor plans, and schematics contained in this collection, were obtained on February 10, 2015, by Marcus Robyns, University Archivist, and Bruce Sarjeant, Reference, Government Documents & Maps Librarian of the Olson Library. Prior to that, the materials were in the possession of Barry A. and Cristin R. Williams of Ishpeming, Michigan. Barry A. Williams, an employee of the Canadian National Railroad (CN) in Escanaba, Michigan, had seen some workers preparing to destroy the material; he transferred as much as he could to his car and took the collection home.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in Accession M15-11 were received from Barry A. and Cristin R. Williams of Ishpeming, Michigan, as a gift in 2015.

Deed of Gift and Agreement, signed by both individuals and dated May 4, 2015, is on file at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. The original document is maintained in the Donor File for collection MSS-363, The Soo Line Railroad (SOO) collection, with a copy filed in the Donor File for this collection.

Accruals

The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives will continue to add material to this collection as it becomes available.

Related Materials

Researchers interested in the freight and passenger services provided by the railroad companies serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan may also consider the following materials that are available at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives (http://www.nmu.edu/archives/home-page) and the Lydia M. Olson Library (http://library.nmu.edu).

The finding aids for these collections of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives are accessible online at http://aspace.nmu.edu:8081.

3302-01: Northern Michigan University and Area Audio Collection

ARCHIV-003: Vertical File

ARCHIV-014: Photographic File

ARCHIV-016: Maps and Plans

CCI: Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company Records

MSS-016: Marquette Lower Harbor Iron Ore Dock Blueprints

MSS-076: Charles H. Varnum papers

MSS-078: Dominic J. Jacobetti papers

MSS-130: Roscoe C. Young Autobiography

MSS-173: Bay de Noquet Company and Oconto Company records

MSS-317: Russell Magnaghi papers

MSS-329: Stewart A. Kingsbury papers

MSS-347: The Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company pension records

MSS-363: The SOO Line Railroad (SOO) collection

MSS-378: Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC) collection

MSS-379: Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad (LSI) collection

The following materials are available through the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives and the Lydia M. Olson Library.

Additional information is available by utilizing OneSearch to access the Library Catalog database online at http://library.nmu.edu.

“A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946. Vol. 4, Illinois, Wisconsin & Upper Michigan” by Richard C. Carpenter (2011). [Location: NMU Books] [Call Number: G1201.P3 C3 2003 vol. 4]

“All Aboard! A History of Railroads in Michigan” by Willis Frederick Dunbar (1966). [Location: NMU Books] [Call Number: HE2771.M5 D9]

“A Map of Logging Railroads in Upper Michigan’s East-Central Region, 1879-1965: Located in Parts of Alger, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft Counties” by James L. Carter (2006). [Location: NMU Maps] [Call Number: G4112.U6P3 1965.C3]

“Along the Tracks: A Directory of Named Places on Michigan Railroads” by Graydon M. Meints (1987). [Location: NMU Books; NMU Archives] [Call Number: F564.M46 1987]

“C&NW’s Iron Ore Route” produced by Plets Express (1994). [Location: NMU Media] [Call Number: HE2791.C48 C44 1994]

“From Marquette, Michigan to Negaunee, Michigan, 1845-1857: The Plank Road and the First Railroad” by Robert D. Dobson (2007). [Location: NMU Archives] [Call Number: TE245.D63 2007]

“Great Railroad Conspiracy: The Social History of a Railroad War” by Charles Hirschfield (1953). [Location: NMU Books] [Call Number: HE2791.M6325 H5]

“History of the Canadian Pacific” by W. Kaye Lamb (1977). [Location: NMU Books] [Call Number: TF27.C3 L35]

“Keweenaw Central Railroad and the Crestview Resort” by Clarence J. Monette (1997). [Location: NMU Archives] [Call Number: HE2791.K553 M66 1997]

“Lake Superior Iron Ore Railroads” by Patrick C. Dorin (1977). [Location: NMU Books] [Call Number: TF677.D66 1977]

“Lake Superior & Ishpeming, Volume I, LS&I Mine Trains” produced by Plets Express (2002). [Location: NMU Media] [Call Number: HE2791.L2805 L25 2002]

“Lake Superior & Ishpeming, Volume II, Hill and Dock Trains” produced by Plets Express (2002). [Location: NMU Media] [Call Number: HE2791.L2805 L26 2002]

“Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companies” by Graydon M. Meints (1992). [Location: NMU Documents] [Call Number: TF24.M5 M45 1992]

“Michigan’s Railroad History: 1825-2014” edited by Michigan, Department of Transportation (2014). [Location: NMU Documents] [Call Number: HE2771.M5 M5 1987]

“Northland Baldwins and the E&LS” produced by Plets Express (1996). [Location: NMU Media] [Call Number: HE2791.E83 N67 1996]

“Official Railway Map, February 1978: Michigan” edited by Michigan, Department of State Highways and Transportation (1978). [Location: NMU Maps] [Call Number: G4111.P3 1978.M5]

“Railroads for Michigan” by Graydon M. Meints (2012). [Location: NMU Electronic Resources] [No Call Number – eBook]

“Railroads for Michigan” by Graydon M. Meints (2013). [Location: NMU Electronic Resources] [No Call Number – eBook]

“Railroads in Michigan: A Catalog of Company Publications, 1836-1980” by Le Roy Barnett (1986). [Location: NMU Books; NMU Archives; NMU Archives Special Collections] [Call Number: TF24.M5 B37 1986]

“The Copper Range Railroad” by Clarence J. Monette (1989). [Location: NMU Archives] [Call Number: TF25.C67 M66 1989]

“The Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway: DSS&A: A History of the Lake Superior District’s Pioneer Iron Ore Hauler” by John Gaertner (2009). [Location: NMU Books; NMU Archives Special Collections] [Call Number: TF25.D857 G37 2009]

“The Haywire: A Brief History of the Manistique & Lake Superior Railroad” by Hugh A. Hornstein (2005). [Location: NMU Books] [Call Number: HE2791.M283 H67 2005]

“The Iron Range and Huron Bay Railroad: The Railroad that Never Ran” by Robert D. Dobson (2004). [Location: NMU Archives] [Call Number: HE2771.M5 D63 2004]

“The Mineral Range Railroad” by Clarence J. Monette (1993). [Location: NMU Archives] [Call Number: HE2791.M563 M66 1993]

“Transportation Map of Michigan” prepared by U.S. Geological Survey for the Office of Policy and Program Development, Federal Railroad Administration, United States Department of Transportation (1976). [Location: NMU Maps SuDocs (Map Area)] [Call Number: TD 3.16: T 68/2/975-76/19 Z]

“Union Pacific” by Maury Klein (1997). [Location: NMU Books] [TF25.U5 K53 1987]

Physical Description

Most maps, blueprints, floor plans, and schematics have tears around their periphery, slight water damage, and all maps are currently rolled up. Tears have been repaired and maps are being stored rolled in tube containers.

General

The Historical/Biographical note and the Scope and Contents note were compiled from information retrieved from the collection, MSS-378, Wisconsin Central, Ltd. records, and from the Source Materials listed below.

Berry, D. (n.d.). Railroad History of Michigan. Retrieved August 18, 2016, from http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/RRHXHome.htm

Burns, A. (2007, 2016). The Wisconsin Central Railway. Retrieved October 13, 2016, from http://www.american-rails.com/wisconsin-central-railway.html

Canadian National Railway. (2016, September 25). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Canadian_National_Railway&oldid=741117415

List of Wisconsin railroads. (2016). Retrieved August 18, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wisconsin_railroads

Meints, G. M. (1992). Michigan Railroads & Railroad Companies. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Soo Line Railroad. (2016, October 10). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Soo_Line_Railroad&oldid=743567878

Wisconsin Central Ltd. (2016, July 19). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wisconsin_Central_Ltd.&oldid=730492200

Title
Wisconsin Central, Ltd. (WC) collection
Status
Completed
Author
Glenda K. Ward, Arrangement and Description Specialist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Contact:
Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1225
906-227-1333 (Fax)

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