In 1898, W.B.H. Kerr built a grain elevator when the Milwaukee and Superior Railroad arrived, and North Lake became a farm produce shipping center. The first school named after John Fischer, was built in 1846 and was called Fischer's Flats. There were three original churches in North Lake; St. Peter's Episcopal in 1867, North Lake Presbyterian Church in 1903, and
In 1910, ice harvesting began on North Lake. An 1800-foot spur of the railroad was built to load the ice onto the railcars, so it could be shipped to Milwaukee. This continued until 1923. Seventy-five men were employed to cut the ice and ship it. People could come in from other cities and towns, first by horse or wagon and later by train to enjoy the resorts on the lake; the North Lake Hotel, the Henry Shears Resort, which became Schuchardt's Resort, and the Elm Springs Villa.
Erected 2020 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 22-01.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 43° 9.385′ N, 88° 22.144′ W. Marker is in North Lake, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Park Road, 0.1 miles east of State Route 83, on the right when traveling east. Next to the Town of Merton Veteran's Memorial, just west of the fire station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Park Road, North Lake WI 53064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stone Bank (approx. 2.2 miles away); Beaumont Hop House (approx. 2½ miles away); Monches
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on September 9, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Photos: 1. submitted on June 27, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.