Spooner in Washburn County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Spooner and The Railroad
In 1882, the Division Headquarters were moved from Chandler two miles north and located here at Spooner, the center of this area, named after Senator John C. Spooner. A large passenger depot, freight depot, express office, restaurant, switching yards, roundhouse, locomotive and car shops, lumberyards and Division Offices for the superintendent, trainmasters, dispatchers, master mechanic, road masters, and bridges and buildings supervisors were constructed. In all, some 600 persons, including depot and freight agents, engineers, firemen, conductors, brakemen, switchmen, repairmen, baggagemen, expressmen and office workers were employed here during this time.
Every day eighteen passenger trains, eleven logging trains, ten freight trains, 4 section crews and 55 chain gang crews ran out of Spooner. Passenger service terminated in 1961.
Wood burning engines were used 1871-1885; standard coal burning, hand fired
Spooner continues as an important railroad center of the Chicago & Northwestern, handling tremendous tonnage. Its large payroll is a vital part of the area's economy.
Erected 1975 by Spooner Kiwanis Club.
Location. 45° 49.519′ N, 91° 53.2′ W. Marker is in Spooner, Wisconsin, in Washburn County. Marker can be reached from North Front Street north of Oak Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Railroad Memories Museum, the former Chicago & North Western Depot; by the Wild Rivers State Trail, the former railroad corridor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 424 North Front Street, Spooner WI 54801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yellow River (approx. 1.1 miles away); Namekagon River (approx. 6½ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Railroad Memories Museum. (Submitted on July 11, 2011.)
2. Washburn County. Railroad Memories Museum. (Submitted on July 11, 2011.)
3. Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. (Submitted on July 11, 2011.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 545 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.