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.

Main Line - Schwartzburg to Hilbert - Elkhart Lake
The M&N depot at Elkhart Lake, Wis., circa the 1870s. Photograph courtesy of the Neenah Historical Society.

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.