Flambeau Trail - The Mercer Depot

Flambeau Trail - The Mercer Depot (HMUBP)

Location: Mercer, WI 54547 Iron County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 9.991', W 90° 3.759'

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Iron County Heritage Area

The arrival of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Railroad in 1889 was a major factor in the economic development of Mercer's isolated logging settlement. Timber and other natural resources could now be shipped year ?round to markets. Much needed equipment and supplies could reach the area quickly and cheaply via rail.

Mercer's early pioneers, with all their worldly goods, soon arrived here by boxcar. They built sawmills, blacksmith shops, and homes. They changed the logging settlement into a community.

The Mercer depot, built in 1905, is the only remaining railroad depot in Iron County. This unique wooden structure speaks of a simpler time when the sound of the steam engine whistles summoned the town to action.

A train brought family, friends, and supplies. Tourists, eager to experience a northwoods getaway, arrived from the cities. Together with freight bound for logging camps, they were loaded into horse drawn carts called "drays" and taxied to outlying resorts. Townsfolk hurried to board the morning train bound for Hurley and Ironwood for a day of shopping, to return on the afternoon southbound. The postmaster pushed his handcart to the station to collect the morning mail that carried news from afar.

For many years this little depot was the heart of the community. In 1982, the last train came through Mercer. Highway transportation had replaced travel by rail. The rails were removed, ending an era.

The Mercer Depot has been restored to turn-of-the century quaintness. It houses a delightful collection of railroad and northwoods memorabilia and the Mercer Historic Society.

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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 726758 N 5116743
Decimal Degrees46.16651667, -90.06265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 9.991', W 90° 3.759'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 9' 59.46" N, 90° 3' 45.54" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5257-5259 Lakeview Ave, Mercer WI 54547, US
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