By Jakob Etrheim, End-O-Line Railroad Park and Musuem Site Coordinator
2019 was another good year for us at End-O-Line Park. Overall on the year, we had nearly 4,000 visitors to the park. Thank you all who came to the park during our open house in June. This year End-O-Line’s Open House will be on Saturday, June 13. Admission to the park for the day will be waived in-lieu of free-will offering donations. We will also have a new author talk about her book; with a topic related the Laura Ingalls Wilder Family, the 1880-1881 Blizzard, and the railroad around Tracy. Save the date and we’ll publish further details later this Spring
As we look to the new season, End-O-Line will be a busy place. On the docket for projects include painting the Currie depot and Dist. No. 1 Schoolhouse. Painting of the depot will be partially funded thanks to a grant we received last fall from the Carl Schmidt Foundation out of Rochester.
Around Christmas, Janet and I sent in an application for a Legacy Grant through the MN Historical Society. This grant will be used to conduct historical research on the history of End-O-Line Park. The research will be used to write a book that we are aiming to publish in 2022 for the park’s 50th anniversary.
Another goal we are looking into will be flood mitigation for two of our buildings at the park. The Currie General Store and Grist Mill replica, located in the far northeast part of the park, received flood damage last Spring. Looking at historical photos, this area experiences a flooding event 2-3 times every five years. This April, we’ll be looking into applying for a Legacy Grant through the MN Historical Society to move one of the buildings farther into the park proper where the ground is higher.
Other than that, we hope to see you at the park in 2020. Whether the last time you visited was last year or 40 years ago, you’ll always see and learn something new!