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OF THE

RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION

OF

MINNESOTA

TO THE GOVERNOR

FOR THE YEAR ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1904.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.:
THE GREAT WESTERN PRINTING CO.

1904

Leland Stanford, Jr.

P?VIVERSITY

STATE OF MINNESOTA.

OFFICE OF THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE

COMMISSION.

St Paul, Dec. 31, 1904. To His Excellency Samuel R. Van Sant, Governor of Minnesota :

Sir:—Pursuant to the requirements of Section 18 of Chapter 10, of the General Laws of Minnesota, 1887, the Railroad and Warehouse Commission has the honor herewith to submit a report of the doings of the commission for the year ending Nov. 30. 1904, this being the twentieth annual report of the commission as now organized, with such facts, statements and explanations as will disclose the actual workings of the system of railroad transportation in its bearing upon the business and prosperity of the people of the state, with such suggestions in relation thereto as seem appropriate to the commission. , Very respectfully, your obedient servants,

IRA B. MILLS,
J. G. MILLER,
C. F. STAPLES,

Commissioners. A. C. CLAUSEN, Secretary,

St. Paul, Dec. 31, 1904.

SECTION I.

Summary and comparison of returns of all railroads doing business in this state.

Work of the commission and recommendations for legislation.

Formal and informal complaints.

Attorney General's opinions and court decisions,

Statistical tables taken from railroad reports.

Grain inspection, state weighmaster's and registrars' reports.

79004

TWENTIETH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA

FOR THE YEAR ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1904.

RAILROAD MILEAGE IN MINNESOTA

The total number of miles of main lines of railroads operating in Minnesota (not including local transfer lines, union depot tracks and private logging roads) on June 30, 1904, was 7,467.21 miles, and on June 30, 1903, as shown in our report for that year, 7,250.01, which shows an increase for the year of 1904, of 217.20 miles.

The mileage of transfer and terminal railways for the year ending June 30, 1904, shows 88.94 miles, and for 1903, 86.94 miles, showing an increase of two miles, which is accounted for by the addition of the Duluth Belt Line.

The increase is principally in the mileage of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul; Duluth, Missabe & Northern; Duluth & Northern Minnesota ; Duluth, Virginia and Rainy Lake; Great Northern; "Soo" Line; Minnesota & North Wisconsin and Minnesota & International Railways.

The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway shows an increase of 55.37 miles, which is a completion of their branch lines from Le Sueur to Mankato; Faribault to Zumbrota, and Preston to Isinours. The Duluth, Virginia & Rainy Lake Railway has 27.70 miles completed of new line from Virginia to Ashawa. The Great Northern has extended its branch from Thief River Falls north about 13.40 miles. The “Soo” Line has extended its Winnipeg extension north from Glenwood 84 miles. The Minnesota & International extended its line to Northome, a distance of about 18.09 miles, the balance of the increase in mileage being principally in mine and logging spurs.

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