The Milwaukee & Northern Main Line – Schwartzburg Junction to Hilbert Junction

Construction of the Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) commenced in the summer of 1870 at Schwartzburg Junction, Wis., where the M&N connected with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul (CM&StP), also known as the Milwaukee Road (MILW).

By the end of 1870, the M&N had completed 13.7 miles of main line to Cedarburg.

In 1871, 79 miles of track were laid from Cedarburg to Hilbert Junction, and from there to Menasha (the Menasha Branch).

Hilbert Junction Depot
The M&N depot at Hilbert Junction, Wis., ca. late 19th Century. Photograph Courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Museum.

The circa 1871 M&N depot at Hilbert Junction, Wis. It is difficult to approximate the date of this photograph, other than it was captured in the late 19th Century. I believe that this view is looking northeast from Main St. The water tank has two spouts, so it could simultaneously fill locomotives on the main line and the Menasha Branch. The building partially visible to the right is the Geo. Walter Beer Depot. The boxcar partially visible to the far right belonged to the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul (CM&StP), also known as the Milwaukee Road (MILW). 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. Photograph Courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Museum.