McHenry Railroad Loop

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McHenry Railroad Loop
McHenry Railroad Loop is located in North Dakota
McHenry Railroad Loop
McHenry Railroad Loop is located in the United States
McHenry Railroad Loop
Nearest cityMcHenry, North Dakota
Coordinates47°34′41″N 98°35′59″W / 47.57808°N 98.59966°W / 47.57808; -98.59966Coordinates: 47°34′41″N 98°35′59″W / 47.57808°N 98.59966°W / 47.57808; -98.59966
Area32.5 acres (13.2 ha)
Built byNorthern Pacific Railway Company
NRHP reference #86002751[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 2, 1986

The McHenry Railroad Loop near McHenry, North Dakota was built in 1899 by the Northern Pacific Railway Company. Also known as McHenry or as End of Line or as Northern Pacific Railroad Turn Around Loop, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The listing included 32.5 acres (13.2 ha).[1]

It is puzzling why the railroad put in a loop of railroad, rather than a far less expensive railroad turntable. The cost difference at the time would be approximately $5,000 vs. $500.[2]:10


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Walter L. Bailey (April 9, 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: McHenry Railroad Loop / McHenry / End of Line / Northern Pacific Railroad Turn Around Loop". National Park Service. and accompanying photos

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