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Join the Dunn County Historical Society on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. for a free presentation by Arlyn Colby, the author of “The Chippewa Valley Line, The History of the Chippewa Valley and Superior Railway.”

Colby grew up in Trempealeau County and after graduating from Eleva-Strum Central High School and UW-Eau Claire, he pursued a career in teaching high school mathematics and coaching. Upon retirement, he found time to pursue his interest in railroads.

The Milwaukee Road’s Chippewa Valley Line was built in 1882. Its southern terminus was Wabasha, Minn. and the railroad crossed the Mississippi on a unique pontoon bridge. Towns served on the line included Durand, Red Cedar, Meridean, Caryville, Lufkin, Shawtown, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Dunnville, Downsville, Irvington, Menomonie, and Cedar Falls.

Colby’s book is 264 pages and includes 484 black-and-white pictures, 42 color photos, 65 maps and 144 charts, records, timetables, correspondences, and more. Colby will be signing and selling copies of his book at this event.

This event is free, donations accepted, and refreshments will be provided.

The Rassbach Heritage Museum is located at 1820 Wakanda Street in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park. For information visit or call 715-232-8685.

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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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