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Gazette Premium Content Artifact dig planned at Sioux City rail museum

Associated Press Updated: July 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City complex that was once home to a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives will be the site of an archaeological dig next month.

The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1rARiI8 ) reports the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association hopes the dig will boost efforts to have the complex placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The complex built in 1917 was a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses on the Milwaukee Railroad. It is now home to a rail museum.

A researcher from the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa says she expects the dig might find items such as ancient bolts, buried coal cinders and broken tools.

The museum's steam engine is already is on the national register.

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