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Amherst Junction in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Line in Time

 
 
A Line in Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2007
1. A Line in Time Marker
Inscription. Can a village live to tell the tale of two railroad lines and a depot?

The railroads originated as a means to transport lumber to mills in the Stevens Point area. As times changed, farm products such as potatoes became the main freight on trains.

An underpass relieved the hazards of having two sets of tracks cross Main Street in Amherst Junction. Voyagers used the sheltered stairway as a passage between tracks.

Salesmen, summer sightseers, and hobos rode the trains to reach their Amherst Junction destination.

The Tomorrow River Trail is constructed on an old railroad grade that crosses through a sandy outwash plain, the Arnott Moraine, and a landscape sculpted by glaciers.

Photos courtesy of Scott Janz.
 
Location. 44° 28.166′ N, 89° 18.782′ W. Marker is in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 2nd Street and West Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is along the Tomorrow River (bike/horseback riding) Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Amherst Junction WI 54407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amherst Fire District (approx.
A Line in Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2007
2. A Line in Time Marker
1.9 miles away); Iola Winter Sports Club (approx. 7 miles away); Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer (approx. 7.9 miles away); The “Spud Alley” Era (approx. 9.3 miles away); Iola’s Dr. Loope (approx. 9.3 miles away); 1999 Father's Day Fire (approx. 9.4 miles away); Iola Mills (approx. 9.4 miles away); Iola Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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