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Soo Line weed burner near Wishek, N.D.
Soo Line weed burner near Wishek, N.D.
TitleSoo Line weed burner near Wishek, N.D.
Date of Original1917 or 1918
DescriptionA weed burner for the Soo Line Railroad works on tracks between Wishek, N.D. and Pollock, S.D. Smoke rises from the front of the machine, and a man is visible at the controls. A locomotive pushes the machine down the tracks.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectTransportation
Work Life
Rural views
Subject (LCTGM)Railroads
Railroad locomotives
Weeds
Railroad tracks
Organization NameSoo Line Railroad Company
LocationWishek (N.D.)
Decade1910-1919
Item Number0392-p0021-0087
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Biography/HistoryThe 1893 North Dakota law required the railroad companies to clear weeds from the tracks. The weeds were considered a fire hazard in dry weather. Trains burned coal or wood and threw sparks that could easily ignite dried weeds and start a prairie fire. This photo shows a Soo Line a special engine designed to burn weeds on the tracks at work near Wishek.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionPresbyterian Mission Work in Wishek, Amidon and New England Photograph Collection 00392
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (0392-p0021-0087)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh0392p00210087
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