Historic depots

While I was in northern Wisconsin a few weeks ago, I made a point of visiting two old railroad depots. Both are now museums run by local historical societies.

Chicago & North Western railroad depot at Mercer, Wisconsin

The depot at Mercer, Wisconsin, was built in 1906, and served passengers on the Chicago & North Western Railway. It’s the only remaining railroad depot in Iron County.

Chicago & North Western railroad depot at Eagle River, Wisconsin

The folks at Eagle River have done a wonderful job restoring the depot there. It was built in 1923, and houses a nice collection of railroad and local artifacts. Its parking lot is also the northern trail head for the Three Eagle Trail, a recreational trail built on the former Chicago & North Western rail bed.

Baggage cart next to the Chicago & North Western railroad depot at Eagle River, Wisconsin