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THE DUMMY LINE TO HIGHLAND PARK
Horace T. Wilkie

Reprinted from the December, 1956 BULLETIN

(Pages 49 - 50)

 

The most interesting events in my earliest memory were the visits to Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe (Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Hudson). They lived in the big house that was then the heart of Highland Park, in the double block area between Maryland, Ohio, 27th and 28th Eagle) Streets, which has been the Burrow home since 1908. Fred Popenoe replaced the Hudson house about 1898 with a large rambling two story house, now remodeled into a French Chateau type building. (Note: Later the J.R. Burrow residence, and today is the St. Matthew’s Convent and Rectory.)

During the 1890’s, if you did not have a horse and buggy you went to Highland Park on the ‘Dummy Line,” small railroad type passengers cars pulled by a small steam locomotive called a “dummy engine,” which ran on a narrow gauge track. (The East Side Street Railway.) The line started in the middle of 9th in front of the present YMCA The track went east on 9th across the Santa Fe tracks and the Shunganunga on a high wooden trestle. The line turned south at the end of the trestle, going across 10th street and up the alley east of Washington Street to 11th Street past Washington School a couple of blocks; thence southwest across the Shunganunga bottoms to what is now 15th and Branner; thence it followed up the west side of Branner which at that time was just the road that went up the ravine. However, that road was the main and shortest to Highland Park. The tracks came out of the ravine much as Branner does today at 20th street, from 29th they went up what is today Hudson Boulevard across 21st street on south along the property line between the Curry and Webster properties; thence up property line between Virginia and Maryland where there should have been an alley to Oriole, now 23rd street. There it swung west to Maryland and south on Maryland to Eagle, now 28th street; thence east about 2 miles to Vinewood. It seems that there are no alleys in the Curry Addition as there are in Highland Park. I remember quite well seeing the back of the houses still at 2228 and 2230 Maryland.

We got off on a platform Uncle Joe had built at the southeast corner of 27th (Goldfinch) and Maryland to visit Aunt Mary and my cousins, Josephine and Eleanor Keizer who live with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Keizer, at 2721 Kentucky.

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Above Photo: Kansas State Historical Society


The flood of June, 1903, complete destroyed the first street railway bridge across the Kaw, on the upstream (west) side of the Melan bridge. It was replaced by a bridge on the down-stream side, shown below while under construction in August, 1903. When street car service was discontinued in 1937, this bridge was removed by Kansas Power and Light Company.


Below Photo: Ray Hilner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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