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

Railroads


shipments made by the citizens as well as car load lots,
either in-coming, such as coal, lumber, flour, and feeds,
etc., and out-going such as grain, cattle, etc.   Both of
the railroads had a thriving business until the advent of
the automobile and trucks.
As time went on, these vehicles took more and more business
away from the railroads, both freight and passenger.   In
time, it became unprofitable to continue a full time agent.
The Chicago and Northwestern was the first of the rail-
roads to engage only a part time agent who would come only
at specified times to meet a passenger or freight train.
he would flag a train for a passenger wishing to travel
or would receive instructions on a freight shipment.
Carload lots of cattle shipped to Chicago were also
loaded from here. Also carload lots purchased by the
co-op were also unloaded-here. Finally this service was
also discontinued and the depot was razed.
The Milwaukee Road, which operated from Milwaukee north
through Brown Deer, Mequon, Cedarburg, Grafton, Saukville,
and points northwesterly continuing its operation up to
the present time, except for passenger service. It still
has a large carload freight service together with its
smaller freight and express parcel service. Running
through and connecting numerous villages and cities,
north and northwesterly up to Green Bay, etc., it serves
these thriving localities and numerous business and


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