If you want to know about the history of the Great Northern Railway’s Mansfield line, there is one place to go: the Mansfield historical museum. It opened its lower floor this year to a new exhibit, all about the 60-mile rail line that operated up the Moses Coulee and Douglas Creek to Mansfield from 1909 to 1985.
The GN took only nine months to build it, a line that criss-crossed Douglas Creek with 49 wooden trestles on its way north. Floods in 1938 and 1948 were damaging, the latter requiring a $1 million repair to the line. It carried passengers in the early years, but was primarily an outlet for wheat export.