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Stevens Point in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point

 
 
The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 18, 2007
1. The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point Marker
Inscription. Once the rail hub of central Wisconsin, Stevens Point’s Historic Southside Railroad Complex still contains buildings, engines and tracks that evoke the time when the railroad was the dominant means of transportation in the country. The first train chugged into Stevens Point in 1871, and since that time the railroad has played a major role in the development of the city. One of Stevens Point’s biggest employers, the railroad hired many workers to keep the steam engines and the diesel locomotives fueled, maintained, switched, and running on schedule. Six nearby railroad hotels, with names like the Majestic, European and Acord, once offered accommodations to train travelers and railroad workers. Today, the railroad’s active switch yards, yard office, roundhouse, repair shops, and depot—and the surrounding commercial buildings—are a testament to the major role the railroad has played in Stevens Point for more than 125 years.
 
Erected 1999 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 418.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 30.827′ N, 89° 34.373′ W. Marker is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in Portage County
The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 18, 2007
2. The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Wyatt Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Monroe Street. Touch for map. It is a block east of U.S. Business 51 (Church Street), north of the railroad tracks, at the foot of Wyatt Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Stevens Point WI 54481, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portage County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Public Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Boy with the Leaking Boot (approx. 0.9 miles away); Public Square (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stevens Point.
 
Regarding The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point. The railroad commemorated by the marker was the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway, better known as the Soo Line. Passenger trains between Chicago and Minneapolis stopped here 20 minutes or more for crew and engine changes on their 17 hour journeys. There was connecting service to Portage from Stevens Point.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Stevens Point Depot image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 20, 2007
3. Stevens Point Depot
Stevens Point Depot image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 20, 2007
4. Stevens Point Depot
4-6-2 Soo Line Pacific Class H-21 Steam Locomotive 2713 image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2007
5. 4-6-2 Soo Line Pacific Class H-21 Steam Locomotive 2713
Built in May, 1911 by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, New York, this locomotive developed 180 pounds of boiler pressure, had 33,150 pounds of tractive effort, and has 75 inch driving wheels.
Plaque on Locomotive 2713 image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2007
6. Plaque on Locomotive 2713
This locomotive presented to the City of Stevens Point by the Soo Line & Wisconsin Central Railroads. A memorial to the era of steam railroading which ended February 15, 1955. Dedicated June 12, 1955. This was the last steam locomotive used on the Plummer line and has been on public display at Stevens Point, Wisconsin since 1957.
Cab, Firebox and Boiler image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2007
7. Cab, Firebox and Boiler
Inside Cab image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2007
8. Inside Cab
Photographer is looking forward, near where the engineer would sit. The front left window is on the left side of the photo.
Firebox image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2007
9. Firebox
Photo taken near right side of cab.
Soo Line Caboose 158 image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2007
10. Soo Line Caboose 158
A caboose stove, used to keep employees warm, is in the right foreground of the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,062 times since then and 144 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week July 29, 2007. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 4, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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