Only Remaining Railroad Depot in Iron County, Wisconsin - Mercer, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lenron
N 46° 09.983 W 090° 03.732
15T E 726793 N 5116729
Quick Description: Last remaining railroad depot in Iron County Wisconsin.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 11/10/2010 8:49:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMA3GJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
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Long Description:
?This wonderful original and restored train depot sits just off of Highway 51 in Mercer Wisconsin. The depot is located in a historic area that also features a Soo Line Caboose, one room school house, barber shop and more. The depot is now a museum as well as home to the Mercer Area Historical Society.
There is an information plaque in front of the depot and it reads:

Flambeau Trail - The Mercer Depot
Iron County Heritage Area

The arrival of Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Railroad in 1889 was a major factor in the economic development of Mercer's isolate logging settlement. Timber and other natural resources could now be shipped year round to markets. Much needed equipment and supplies could reach the area quickly and cheaply by rail.

Mercer's early pioneers, with all their worldly goods, soon arrived here by boxcar. They built sawmills, blacksmith shops and homes. They changed the logging settlement into a community.

The Mercer Depot, built in 1905, is the only remaining railroad depot in Iron County. This unique wooden structure speaks of a simpler time when the sound of steam engine whistles summoned the town to action.

A train brought family, friends and supplies. Tourists, eager to experience a northwoods getaway, arrived from the cities. Together, with freight bound for the logging camps, they were loaded into horse drawn carts called "drays" and taxied to outlying resorts. Townsfolk hurried to board the morning train bound for Hurley and Ironwood for a day of shopping, to return on the afternoon southbound. The postmaster pushed his handcart to the station to collect the morning mail that carried news from afar.

For many years this little depot was the heart of the community. In 1982, the last train came through Mercer. Highway transportation had replaced travel by rail. The rails were removed, ending an era.

The Mercer Depot has been restored to turn-of-the-century quaintness. It houses a delightful collection or railroad and northwoods memorabilia and the Mercer Historic Society.
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