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Remembering Life in Superior


April 21, 2022

Often while growing up in Superior I would go to the Burlington Depot and watch the motor car trains come through town. The eastbound arrived at 9:15 a.m. and the westbound was through about 5:30 p.m.

The trains carried lots of express packages handled by the Railway Express Agency, a lot of cream cans and sacks of United States Mail. As the motor car trains paused at the depot, lots of stuff would be unloaded onto baggage carts. Other baggage carts with outgoing mail, empty cream cans and express shipments were loaded onto the train.

The mail was transported in large canvas sacks with �...

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