Palmerston’s glory days of rail

The town’s old overhead railroad walking bridge still looms large as a testament to an era when the railroad was king


For most pioneer towns, proximity to a strong river was a prerequisite for settlement. In the case of Palmerston, it wasn’t a river of water that gave the town its start in the 1800s. It was a river of steel.   

For most towns, the railroad arrived after the town was already established and the train station was located on the outskirts of town. In Palmerston’s case, the railroad arrived first and the town grew up around it, leaving the train station smack in the middle of town. That caused some problems, especially for the kids.

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