Like most North Dakota towns, Wilton was built on and because of the railroad that passed through here. In fact, Wilton was the fourth stop before Bismarck. Looking south
down this line would have been the stops of Chapin, Baldwin and Arnold, then Bismarck. The line still exists as does the nearby shelter belt. Like the railroad, the shelter belt speaks of the development of the Northern Plains. Railroads brought the families. The families planted the trees.
The line started as the Bismarck,-Washburn, & Fort Buford, later the Bismarck-Washburn, & Great Falls Railroad. In 1907, it became a Soo Line Railroad line, and today it’s the Canadian Pacific-Soo Line and hauls the grain from Wilton and nearby towns.
(Even as I write this, I can hear the train whistling at the crossings in town.)
Some of the cars must spend a little bit of time near some grafitti artists, some of whom had a thing or two to say about Derek. (I guess we all knew he was a clown, even if he took himself serious.)