Amherst Junction in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Line in Time
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. Touch 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. 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.