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Workers complete an expansion to the Great Northern Railroad, which would connect St. Paul to the Pacific Ocean.

The railway started in Stillwater and in the beginning extended to St. Paul, which would then connect to St. Cloud. Following a number of expansions to the railway and James Hill acquiring the parent company of the project, the railroad would soon expand to Montana.

On this day 120 years ago, the final spike was hammered into 818 miles of track that connected Montana to Everett, Washington, meaning St. Paul and the west coast were directly connected by train.

The railway would serve as a means of freight hauling and operate as a passenger line as well, before ceasing operation in 1970.

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