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Railroads in Nevada County

Railroads in Nevada County began with Cairo and Fulton constructed beginning in 1872. The local lines, Prescott and Northwestern (founded in 1891 and still operated), and the Reader Railroad constructed in the 1920s to accomodate the oil fields at Waterloo and the timber industry. Today, the Union Pacific line runs through the north part of the county.

This is the Reader #7 engine, a wood-burning Prairie built for the Louisiana log woods by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1907.
Beginning with Cairo and Fulton constructed beginning in 1872, railroads have long dominated Nevada County. The local lines, Prescott and Northwestern (founded in 1891 and still operated), and the Reader Railroad constructed in the 1920s to accomodate the oil fields at Waterloo and the timber industry. Today, the Union-Pacific line runs through the north part of the county.



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