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