Crowley Park at Owen, Wisconsin
Saturday, August 12, 2005
Here's the sign indicating overnight camping rates.
...and the vista as you drive into the park. That's the Canadien National (sic) mainline from Stevens Point to Superior, Wisconsin you see there.
This next series of pictures were taken as I stood in one spot, near the entrance to the park, and panned from north to south along the railroad. In this north-looking shot we see the treeline at the left, the signal protecting the crossing of Third Street, and the lovely skies of Wisconsin. We had near-perfect weather for our entire trip.
Wouldn't this view look grand with a freight train blocking out those lovely buildings in the background?
Or how about this? There are a few old telegraph poles on this side of the track...
Looking further south, we find the city of Owen has even provided entertainment facilities for those long lulls between trains. You have to bring your own basketball, I think...
The treeline to the south will block your view of approaching north-bound trains from this vantage point.
Should you feel the call of nature, there are men's and lady's rest rooms available. You may need to bring your own light bulb, though...

If you look through the trees you'll see a rather large motor home parked back in the trees. That's where the electrical hookups are.

If B-ball isn't your forte, you'll notice a lighted baseball field has been provided for your enjoyment. Dunno if they play scheduled games here, but they might.
I couldn't resist the urge to take a shot up and down the mainline. Here's a shot looking north across 3rd, 4th, and 5th Streets at the CN depot.
This is looking south-east from the same spot. The grade crossing is County Trunk Hiway "D" (Paul Avenue) and the bridges are US 29.
And here's the Google map of the area in question. The line to Minneapolis-St. Paul cuts off to the west just above this cropped image. The line through here has two tracks, but I don't know whether it's considered double track or a siding. Also, there are several industrial spurs on the north side of town, not shown on this map.
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