Extraordinary rain storms and resulting floods damaged many Midwest rail lines, especially in Wisconsin and Iowa. The flood water also affected Mississippi River communiities from Illinois to the south. The Canadian Pacific main line across Wisconsin was closed where it crossed the Reeseville Marsh and trains were rerouted. Rail enthusiasts would recognize the unusual justaposiion of the Canadian Pacific with the Stoughton, Wisconsin, depot, but general viewers would see this as an ordinary picture of a large train making its way through a small town. The floods were caused by extremely heavy rains in southern Wisconsin in the first two weeks of June. The CP reopened June 29 when it pushed freight cars through the marsh; the next day, locomotives resumed pulling cars on the line.