The Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad

The Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad began in 1869, creating some of the longest lines in the state, including the now-abandoned Cowboy Line between Norfolk and Chadron, NE.

The company also expanded into Wyoming and South Dakota, especially in the Black Hills area. 

Image: Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley 4-8-0 Mastodon Above Nevada Gulch on the Portland Line (circa 1900) 

The larger Chicago & Northwestern Railway acquired the company and completely integrated the system in 1903. Most of its rights of way have since been abandoned, but the line north of Chadron, NE remains in service to this day.



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