More Facts

After the history lesson I gave this morning at Alterra, I thought of one more thing:  The place where Alterra’s parking lot is now used to be the Milwaukee Road Interurban Line that went to Port Washington, Appleton, and Green Bay.  The wood plank retaining wall in the parking lot is made from the railroad ties that used to keep rails in gauge.

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  1. #1 by Chadwick on November 24, 2009 - 2:26 PM

    Is that why the whole place is barely three cars wide? Just a channel for the train to run through?

    • #2 by Joshua on November 24, 2009 - 3:52 PM

      That would seem reasonable to me.

      • #3 by Joshua on November 24, 2009 - 3:58 PM

        I can’t say for certain but it makes sense. I can’t seem to find any overhead views of that area from pre-1975 when the North Shore Line was abandoned, but I do find maps showing where it went, which is right behind the Flushing Station (now Alterra).

  2. #4 by Christa on November 24, 2009 - 3:15 PM

    Thanks again for the coffee and the history lesson. I had a very nice time.

    • #5 by Joshua on November 24, 2009 - 3:51 PM

      Not a prblm. Was fun for me, too.

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