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Last updated 3/20/2019 at 3:53pm

Perhaps you know about the big gravel pit at Midland, near the entrance to Mueller State Park. Did you know a lot of it was taken to Kansas and Nebraska? That disintegrated granite found in the slopes of Pikes Peak was the best ballast in the world and the entire Rock Island system used it!

Starting in the 1900's the Rock Island Railroad started buying it to use in their track. Ballast is the rocky material you see under the railroad's ties. It helps cushion the track, as well as help keep the track dry after rains and snows. This was a real problem out in the great plains.

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