Wolf Lake was once a small but thriving town in the Mississippi bottoms, located as a station along what became the GM&O Rail Road, linking Cairo and points south with St. Louis. Farmers in the rich Mississippi bottoms sent their wheat, hogs, and timber north to provision the growing cities.

oday the main street, Highway 3, is flanked by a massive salvage yard. Not unlike his ancestors, a local entrepreneur saw opportunity in the heavy equipment. Only he recycles the remains of tools that once brought riches to those who used them.
Heavy Equipment Salvage Yard, Wolf Lake, Union County © D. Gorton 2001
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