The Milwaukee & Northern – Menasha Branch – Sherwood, Wis.

The M&N reached Sherwood, Wis., Milepost 6 on the Menasha Branch, in 1871. However, a station was not established there until circa March of 1873. Due to its physical separation from the main portion of the village, the area around the depot was also known as Sherwood Station or Lower Sherwood.

Sherwood Depot
The MILW depot at Sherwood, Wis., circa 1899. Photograph Courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Museum.

The circa 1899 Milwaukee Road (MILW) depot at Sherwood, Wis. This depot replaced the original 1873 M&N depot, which was struck by lightning and burned circa September 1899. This image was captured by Nicholas ‘Nick’ Bruehl, a local farmer, historian, and prolific photographer whose negatives were acquired by the Oshkosh Public Museum in 1980. I believe this photograph, looking northwest from the Military Rd. grade crossing, was captured shortly after this depot was built. Photograph Courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Museum.

A Canadian National (CN) local, led by IC 3138, approaches Military Rd. as it heads southeast with 16 cars via the former M&N Menasha Branch at Sherwood, Wis., on 8 January 2021. To the right you can see the 1956 Milwaukee Road (MILW) depot. This depot, a remnant of the former freight house, replaced the circa 1899 depot. This depot was used by MILW and Soo Line (SOO) until 17 September 1971, when they were granted permission to close it. It has been moved a short distance for use as an outbuilding on a farm. The Sherwood Elevator is partially visible to the left. It has been owned, operated, and expanded by the Kress family since they purchased it in 1951. Their grain terminal has a capacity of 1 million bushels. Unfortunately the elevator has not received rail service for quite a while.

Sherwood Depot
The MILW depot at Sherwood, Wis., on 8 January 2021. Photograph by Tom Bruss.