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Railroads: A National Treasure

Minnesota has a vast railroad history. For many of the early railroads, passenger travel was a large source of revenue. To attract passengers, railroads would publicize their proximity to the nation’s national parks and the railroads of Minnesota were no exception. The Northern Pacific dubbed itself the Yellowstone Park Line while the Great Northern promoted itself as the Glacier National Park Railroad. Today, railroads continue to serve national treasures such as Minnesota’s Mesabi Range, one of the world’s largest iron ore mining regions.