November 1900: Pulpwood & the Railroad
The paper industry was a booming in Wisconsin throughout the latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, and at one point was the third-largest industry in the state.

Connections between paper mills in Wisconsin supported industries around the northeast part of the nation, and largely supported Chicago as it continued to expand. The paper mills needed to transport massive amounts of paper and wood to and from their facilities, and railways were built and bought to expedite transportation as the industry continued to expand.

On Nov. 3, 1900, negotiations opened up for the purchase of the Marshfield & Southeastern railroad, an 11-year-old rail line that stretched 36 miles from Marshfield to Nekoosa. The rail line was built near the Northwestern railroad, which was collaboratively built between the Upham Manufacturing Company and the Wisconsin Central....


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