Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Prairie du Chien History

Railroad History: The Milwaukee Road

Development of the Railroads

Last of the M. & M. Railroaders


Read More About It

"Opening of the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad - A Trip to Prairie du Chien" Wisconsin State Journal, April 16, 1857


Vocabulary:

passenger


Interesting Fact:

The train left Milwaukee on April 15 at 7 o'clock in the morning and arrived at Prairie du Chien at 5:30 in the afternoon.


Study Questions:

  • What was the route taken by the Milwaukee and Mississippi Rail Road?
  • When were the first Milwaukee and Mississippi Rail Road tracks laid?
  • What was the significance of connecting Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien by railroad?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the history of trains in Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 15:

    1912: The New York-bound Titanic sinks off the coast of Newfoundland after hitting an iceberg.



  • April 15

    April 15, 1857: The first passenger train arrived in Prairie du Chien, greeted by hundreds of excited people. The Milwaukee and Mississippi Rail Road train came by the way of Mazomanie, Lone Rock and Boscobel.


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