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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])

Railroads


manufacturing plants with in-coming material as well as
outgoing manufactured products. The Mequon Cooperative
also shipped carloads of cattle from Mequon to Chicago
as well as received carloads of feed.
The Milwaukee Road had two bad accidents in Thiensville,
both of them close to the site of the depot. The first
one when two freight trains collided head-on. The depot
il c;1cted at a curve in the right-of-way extending from
the Freistadt Road south to nearly the initer.section with
the Mequon Road. The railroad switch track are on the
west side of the tracks. The timing of the two trains
were to be such that one train was supposed to be in the
switch track when the other train came through. These
instructions wre presumable misunderstood, causing the
collision.  The engineers on both trains saw that a
head-on collision was unavoidable, and jumped from their
engines. Luckily no one was hurt. A number of loaded
freight cars derailed, and the contents were strewn along
the right-of-way. Considerable damage was done to both
engines.
The Chicr ro and Northwestern Railroad maintained a large
inch diameter artesian well on their right-of-way, near
the Mequon Road. This well was used by the railread
for the furnishing of water for their engines. In 19
an agreement was reached by and between the railroad
company and the Town of Mequon whereby the township
was permitted to use the well in case of a fire. After


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