Photo of a train derailment, along the Bearskin Creek, just north of Harshaw, about 1912. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul Railway, had considerable difficulty maintaining the tracks wherever deep marshy areas had to be filled. The fill would constantly keep sinking making the line unstable. Reportedly, not only this locomotive, but a crane and several tender cars also slowly sank into the muck, and remain there today.
Eventually much of the fill was removed, and a long curved trestle constructed on deep pilings, which today is part of the Bearskin Trail system. By 1973 all the rails had been removed.after 86 years of hauling logs, lumber, freight, and countless travelers throughout the area.