The Milwaukee & Northern Main Line – Schwartzburg Junction to Hilbert Junction – Brown Deer, Wis.

The Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) reached Brown Deer, Wis., in late 1870. Brown Deer, the second station north of Schwartzburg Junction, was Milepost 11 on an 1873 timetable; it was Milepost 14 on later timetables.

Main Line - Schwartzburg to Hilbert - Brown Deer
Looking northwest along the former M&N main line at Brown Deer, Wis., on 13 March 2021. Photograph by Tom Bruss.

Looking northeast along the Canadian National (CN), former M&N, rails from W. Brown Deer Rd./Hwy. 100 at Brown Deer, Wis., on 13 March 2021. The Wisconsin & Southern (WSOR) also uses these rails. These rails were originally laid by the M&N in 1870. It is difficult to imagine that there used to be a depot and passing siding here. The passing siding was to the right (east), the depot to the right of that, and the interurban right-of-way ran to the right of the depot. Otto’s Wine & Spirits is partially visible to the left. Seeing as I used their parking lot to walk to the grade crossing, I felt obligated to show my gratitude by making a purchase there. After all, we have to support local, small businesses at every opportunity.

Looking southeast along the Canadian National (CN), former M&N, rails from W. Brown Deer Rd./Hwy. 100 at Brown Deer, Wis., on 13 March 2021. The Wisconsin & Southern (WSOR) also uses these rails. These rails were originally laid by the M&N in 1870. It is difficult to imagine that there used to be a depot and passing siding here. The passing siding was to the left (east), the depot was behind me to the east of the siding, and the interurban right-of-way ran to the east of the depot.

Main Line - Schwartzburg to Hilbert - Brown Deer
Looking southeast along the former M&N main line at Brown Deer, Wis., on 13 March 2021. Photograph by Tom Bruss.