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RAILROAD = WAREHOUSE COMMISSION
TO THE GOVERNOR
FOR THE YEAR ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1896.;
ST. PAUL, MINN.
STATE OF MINNESOTA.
OFFICE OF THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION.
St. Paul, Dec. 2, 1896. To the Honorable D. M. Clough, Governor of Minnesota,
SIR: Parsuant to the requirements of section 18 of chapter 10, General Laws of 1887, the Railroad and Warehouse Commission has the honor Jerewith to submit a report of the doings of the commission for the year ending Nov. 30, 1896, with such facts, statements and explanations as will disclose the actual workings of the system of railroad transportation in its bearings upon the business and prosperity of the people of the state, and such suggestions in relation thereto as seen appropriate to the commission. .: :.: .. Very respectfully, your obedient servants,
IRA B. MILLS,
Commissioners. À::K. TEISBERG,
RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION
STATE OF MINNESOTA, 1896.
RAILROAD MILEAGE IN MINNESOTA. There is practically no increase in the railroad mileage of this state to be recorded this year. The total number of miles of main line and branches of road operated in Minnesota on June 30, 1896, was 5,991.31, an increase in the aggregate of fifty-three hundredths of a mile over the previous year. There was an increase in the mileage of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern road of 6.70 miles, but a decrease of 4.90 in the mileage of the Northern Pacific and 1.30 in the mileage of the Winona & Western. In the Great Northern mileage there is an increase of .03 miles.
Since June 30th, however, there has been a line completed from Winthrop to New Ulm, about nineteen miles, operated by the Minneapolis & St. Louis road, and another line, or extension, built by the Great Northern road from Halsted to Crookston, 32.40 miles. These two lines are not included in the mileage covered by this report, but will appear in the next.
GROSS EARNINGS FROM OPERATION. The total amount of gross earnings from operation in Minnesota for the year ending June 30, 1896, was $39,398,128; for the previous year the gross earnings were $:30,952,220, showing an increase for 1896 of $8,445,908, or 27.28 per cent.
FREIGHT EARNINGS. The total freight revenue for the year 1896 was $31,314,098; for the previous year the same was $23,767,893, showing an increase of $7,546,205, or 31.75 per cent.
PASSENGER REVENUE. The total passenger revenue for 1896 was $5,806,209; for the previous year the same was $5,000,334, showing an increase of $805,875, or 16.11 per cent.