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

In 1871, the M&N laid 79 miles of track from Cedarburg, thru Hilbert Junction, to Menasha, Wis. Hilbert Junction was Milepost 83 on an 1873 timetable; it was Milepost 86 on later timetables.

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.

The former M&N depot at Hilbert Junction, Wis., circa the 1960s. This might be the original depot erected by the M&N circa 1871, but I am not certain. If it is, then it was remodeled and expanded at some point. Photograph from the collection of Larry Easton, co-founder of the MNRHS.

Hilbert Junction Depot
The former M&N depot at Hilbert Junction, Wis., circa the 1960s. Photograph from the collection of Larry Easton.
Hilbert Junction Depot
The former M&N depot at Hilbert Junction, Wis., on 30 May 2020. Photograph by Tom Bruss.

The south and west walls of the Canadian National (CN), former Milwaukee & Northern (M&N), depot at Hilbert, Wis., on 30 May 2020. I am not sure if this is the original ca. 1871 M&N depot or not. I haven’t found anything to indicate that the original depot was replaced. If it is the original depot, it has been expanded and significantly modified from its original state.