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"Well, Gresham was basically a railroad community. The railroad came first and then the town was built up along the railroad."
     Question: "Which line?"
     "It was the FE&MV; – Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley. Later, that became the Chicago Northwestern. When it was built up in 1887, then Gresham came along in 1887, same year. And, of course, the railroad left in 1942. Of course, by that time, we had our highways and our big trucks. So, the impact was not all that great as far as the movement of merchandise or movement of grain. The merchandize could be moved in and out by truck. The grain could be moved in and out by truck in the Gresham area."

Walter Schmitt on Railroads & Trucks

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