The Milwaukee & Northern Main Line – Schwartzburg Junction to Hilbert Junction – Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Historical information and photographs of Elkhart Lake, Wis., on the M&N main line between Schwartzburg Junction, Wis., and Hilbert Junction, Wis.
The description of this photograph from the Neenah Historical Society suggests it is “Possibly Milwaukee Road Depot on Forest Ave.” I am nearly certain that this is Elkhart Lake, not Neenah. The depot and track arrangement is very similar to other photographs of Elkhart Lake which I have seen. The 1871 depot at Elkhart Lake was the first building erected in the village. Doty Island was not this desolate when the Neenah depot was built in 1882. A large house at 303 High St., built in 1880, would be visible in the background to the right. Some of the taller structures (churches and factories) in downtown Menasha, about ¾ of a mile away, would be visible in the background. M&N 712 boxcar can be seen on the track between the passenger train and the depot. A close-up of M&N 712 can be seen here.