Re: Coal Traffic to South -West Wisconsin


Mark Heiden
 

Another, likely rare, possibility for coal traffic is anthracite in
Missouri Pacific hoppers. In the book The Dardenell & Russellville
Railroad, this Arkansas railroad served coal mines that shipped
throughout the mid-west. Between approximately 1910 and 1950, the
authors mention anthracite for home heating going to Kansas City, St.
Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis. It seems that the market for
Arkansas coal fluctuated, expanding during miners strikes in
Pennsylvania and contracting when the eastern coal fields came back
into operation. Still, one of the coal companines on the D&R was
doing enough business in Minneapolis in the 1930s to take out radio
ads.

Mark Heiden

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