This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
These tracks were the Minneapolis-St. Louis railroad, which was built through Eden Prairie in 1871. In fact, the coffee shop I'm sitting in now is converted from the Smith Douglas More house, which was built next to the depot in the late 1800's. (This is on Co Rd 4 just south of State Hwy 5.) The 5 rooms upstairs were originally for train passengers to stay overnight before proceeding by stage to the Chanhassen-Excelsior area. The first trains here were steam boilers, so the water tank seen in the photo was for filling the engines. In fact, the "Eden Prairie" sign in the photo is now hanging inside the coffee shop.
The tracks have been gone for years now, although there's talk of putting light rail transit in that corridor.
Ref: Eden Prairie - The First 100 Years by Helen Holden Anderson (a copy of which happens to be here at the coffee shop). [ September 08, 2006: Message edited by: marc weber ]