Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy

Established in 2006, the AIHPC is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the many historic properties and cultural landscapes in the Apostle Islands region on northern Wisconsin.  Beginning with a core group of families who hold longstanding property interests in historically-significant buildings on Sand and Rocky Islands, in some cases dating from the late 1800′s, the Conservancy represents a wide range of interests throughout the Chequamegon Peninsula.


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Today in Chequamegon history: runaway train!

Last week we recalled a train wreck on the A.A. Bigelow Company's "Washburn and Northwestern" railroad. Now it's another local road's turn for the headlines.

Washburn Times, January 19, 1890: "A rather unusual railroad accident occurred yesterday afternoon on the Siskiwit and Ashland logging railroad at Nash (note: near modern Barksdale). Fortunately no lives were lost, though considerable damage was done. Engine number 2, hauling a train of cars, became damaged and when reaching the downgrade at Nash could not be controlled or stopped.

"Engine number 6 was standing on the main track at Nash with steam up but no one was aboard. Engine number 2 came rapidly down the track and struck number 6 with much force. Number 6 was thrown up in the air several feet but it fell back on the rails, but the collision had thrown the steam lever wide open and the engine started suddenly down the track at a great rate of speed.

"It is a half mile from that point to the bay and number 6 covered that distance in half a minute, so it seemed to the spectators. It ran off into the dock, collided with a number of piles and finally landed right side up on the ice in front of the dock. Both engines are considerably damaged."

...and little boys all over town wished they'd been there to see it. Also the undersigned.

(Artist's conception)

Collected and edited by Bob Mackreth for the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic heritage of the Apostle Islands region of northern Wisconsin.
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