The De Forest Depot

The De Forest Depot (HMP4N)

Location: DeForest, WI 53532 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 14.749', W 89° 20.492'

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Built in 1871

The DeForest Depot was built in 1871, at the time of the construction of the railroad line which connected Madison to Portage. Land for a depot was donated to the railroad by Isaac DeForest. Recognizing the importance of rail service to the growth of the community, area residents provided funds to erect the building. Knute Knudtson, a local tradesman, constructed the depot using a post and beam building technique common to many area barns. The original exterior siding consisted of vertical boards and battens. In the 1920s the depot was remodeled to include wainscoting, horizontal siding, and new windows. The DeForest Depot closed in 1971 and the building was later purchased by the Chase Lumber Company of DeForest to be used for storage. In 2001 the land and the building were deeded by Fred and Helen Chase to the DeForest Area Historical Society. The current exterior restoration reflects the appearance of the building during the 1930s, when The Milwaukee Road train passed through town several times each day.

In appreciation...
This restoration project was made possible through the dedication, generosity, and gifts of many. Special appreciation is extended to the DeForest Depot Restoration Committee and to Society members and friends. The DMB Community Bank, the family of Robert and Dorothy Ethun, and the Village of DeForest (Fred and Helen Chase Fund) for significant financial support.

Exterior restoration completed in 2008
HM NumberHMP4N
Placed ByThe DeForest Area Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 6:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 309904 N 4790774
Decimal Degrees43.24581667, -89.34153333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 14.749', W 89° 20.492'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 14' 44.94" N, 89° 20' 29.52" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Market St, DeForest WI 53532, US
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