Wisconsin History Day By Day

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Development of the Railroads

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"Law and Locomotives; The Impact of the Railroad on Wisconsin Law in the Nineteenth Century" by Robert Hunt



Interesting Fact:

The same day the locomotive arrived, the first spike was driven on the first rail in Wisconsin. The engine would make the first test run in November. On Feb. 25, 1851, the first train service in Wisconsin began as the engine pulled five cars to Waukesha.

Study Questions:

  • When was the first locomotive manufactured in Wisconsin? Where was it made and what was its name?
  • Where was the first track in Wisconsin located?
  • How many miles of track had been laid in Wisconsin by 1850?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 12:

    1609: Henry Hudson sails into the river that now bears his name.
    1944: U.S. troops enter Germany, near Trier, for the first time.

  • September 12

    September 12, 1850: The first locomotive arrived in Wisconsin. It was named the "Bob Ellis."

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