A backhoe at a mining operation struck something solid while digging. The backhoe couldn't unearth it. Finally, a crew started digging with shovels and soon found something none of them had expected: a large steam locomotive.
The crew had stumbled upon a relic from Polk County's past. Dating to the 1880s, the rusty Manchester steam locomotive had been buried in dirt and mud for nearly a century, local historians said.
"It looks like a Manchester 4-4-0," said Joe Spann, manager of the Polk County Genealogical Library and a local railroad historian.
You can read the story and see pictures in an article by Suzie Schottelkotte published in The Leger at http://goo.gl/4YAl6.
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