Growing Turnips along the N&W

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Wed Apr 1 12:09:27 EDT 2020

 Look closely. It IS dated April 1. This is one of the best ever, and whoever did it is a genius!
Jim Nichols
    On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 08:31:35 AM CDT, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:  
 As we all face new challenges with the current world situation, in the spirit of the day we wanted to share with everyone the following drawing which one of our volunteers recently uncovered at the NWHS Archives.
While at first glance it appears to be a fairly routine drawing showing a plot of land to be leased by the railway, a closer examination of this drawing dated April 1, 1905 reveals that the curiously named lessor intended to farm turnips in the center of the wye at Walton.
Of course this drawing raises more questions than it answers.  Were the turnips for local consumption, or were they shipped out on the N&W to faraway and exotic locations like Washington DC, New York City or Milnes, VA?  Or were they further processed at the mill across the tracks shown on the drawing, perhaps into the key ingredient necessary for making turnip pancakes, a little-known local delicacy?
It also shows the location of an early signal tower located on the outside of the wye, not the later location of BH tower on the inside of the wye.For the full \NWHS Archives database entry, see
Happy first day of April,
The NWHS Archives Team.

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