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Archaeologists to dig for signs of Sioux City's railroad past


An archaeological investigation will be conducted at Sioux City's Milwaukee Railroad Shops.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is calling for the $69,000 study.

It was triggered after the Milwaukee Railroad Shops applied to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Board President Larry Obermeyer says they've already found artifacts of significant interest to Sioux City's place in railroad history.

A well known civil engineer who built the Sioux City "el" train also designed this complex.

"The site itself is of a very unique style of layout. It's one of only seven left in the nation that are like this, so that's another reason why it's really gained an importance,” said Obermeyer.

Obermeyer said archeologists will be looking for deposits of tools used on steam locomotives, and underground waterworks which could them about city planning.


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