Fitchburg in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Illinois Central Depot / Fitchburg
On this site a two-story railroad depot stood from 1888 to 1939. The depot served the Illinois Central Railroad, which provided passenger and freight service to Fitchburg on its route from Freeport, Illinois to Madison. The depot had a ticket office, waiting room, freight room and living quarters for the agent's family.
By 1922, four passenger and four freight trains passed through here daily. A small platform stood nearby for the loading of milk. The last Illinois Central freight train passed through in 1981, but other railroads operated the line until the early 1990s when the track was abandoned and eventually removed. The rail bed is now part of the Badger State Bike Trail.
The Settlement of Fitchburg developed along this road after the completion of the Illinois Central rail line from Freeport, Illinois to downtown Madison in 1887.
Through the early 1900s the growing community consisted of the railroad depot, a general store, post office, blacksmith shop, implement dealership, two implement repair garages, feed mill, lumber mill, lumber and coal yards, stockyards, cheese factory and a railroad milk stop. Along with businesses were several homes, including the residence of the Illinois Central section master, a small church and
Erected 2013 by Dane County Historical Society, Fitchburg Historical Society. (Marker Number 46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 57.717′ N, 89° 28.161′ W. Marker is in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Wendt Road half a mile from County Route M, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Verona WI 53593, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swan Pond (approx. 2 miles away); Lake Harriet School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Dogtown - Fish Hatchery School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Dane County Home (approx. 3.2 miles away); John Mann House (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Dogtown - Fish Hatchery School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Paoli (approx. 3.7 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fitchburg.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2014, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1. submitted on August 17, 2014, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on August 17, 2014, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.