With its gorgeous views of northern Wisconsin, and easy biking, there is a lot to love about the Bearskin State Trail. What I love the most however, is the wonderful history that looms over the trail. It was built on a former Milwaukee Road rail bed (and 13 trestles). As you enter at the trail head in Minocqua and cross the trestle over Lake Minocqua, it’s easy to get thrown back in time.
Chicago & North Western engine 1385, heading the Prosperity Special in the spring of 1982.
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.
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.