Railroads have been immensely important to the development and viability of St. Louis Park.  Four sets of railroad tracks have crossed St. Louis Park, and these have changed hands many times. Each of the lines listed below point to one of the four historical lines: Dan Patch Milwaukee Road Minneapolis and St. Louis Great Northern Any corrections or additions are welcome – please contact us.

The following are reference documents to learn more about the railroads in St. Louis Park:

The Shadow in the Park

Train Whistles Memoir – Something in the Water (book available for purchase in our gift shop)

The St. Louis Park Historic Depot at Jorvig Park

This Railroad History of St. Louis Park was created in August, 2015, revised in November, 2020, and again in September 2022.


Railroad Lines:

Burlington Northern

The Dan Patch

Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific

Chicago Northwestern

Great Northern

Lyndale Railway Co.

Milwaukee Road

Minneapolis and St. Louis

Minneapolis, Lyndale, & Minnetonka Railway Co.

Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, and Dubuque

Minnesota and Pacific

Motor Line

St. Paul and Pacific

St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba

Soo Line

Twin Cities and Western