The Tuscobia Trail is a symbol for the development of Northern Wisconsin and is owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Conceived as a railroad line in 1899, construction lasted for 15 years, concluding in 1914 when the rail-line reached Park Falls. For nearly 70 years, the rail, known as the “Omaha Line”, served as the lifeblood for the area through logging and farming opportunities, as well as the service industries that developed along the route.
By the 1940s, the decline of the railroad was apparent with logging no longer viable. In 1967, the dismantling of the old wooden bridges began. Citizens surrounding the old railway were interested in turning the grade into a functioning trail system that would serve as a representation of the area’s history and provide an opportunity for people to learn about the area and experience the beauty that is available along the route.
Development of the 74-mile Tuscobia Trail to its present use began in
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