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Railroad Rail and Spike

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 10, 2017

This segment of a railroad rail and an iron spike mounted to a wooden block is marked as being the first rail, St. Paul to Duluth, 1866-1942.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this rail and spike in our collections database.