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Amherst Junction, Wisconsin
Location of Amherst Junction in Portage County, Wisconsin.
Location of Amherst Junction in Portage County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Portage
 • Total 1.24 sq mi (3.22 km2)
 • Land 1.24 sq mi (3.20 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
1,109 ft (338 m)
 • Total 377
 • Estimate 
 • Density 309.87/sq mi (119.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip code
Area codes 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-01800
GNIS feature ID 1560833

Amherst Junction is a village in Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 377 at the 2010 census.


Amherst Junction was created when the railroad first came through the county. It was a junction between two railroads: the Wisconsin Central and the Green Bay and Lake Pepin railroads.

Until 1875, the community was referred to as Groversburg, presumably after the Grover family that held considerable property in the area. But when a post office was established in March 1875, it was called Amherst Junction.

It wasn’t until 1911 that the village was incorporated. By 1914, the village had become an important buying and shipping center for Potatoes. many people traveling to the eastern and northeastern part of the county would detrain in Amherst Junction and hire a rig from a livery in the village to take them to their destination.

The village at one time had 36 businesses which included: five taverns, two hotels, two grocery stores, dancehalls, depots, feed stores, four potato warehouses, a blacksmith, a livery stable, a meat market, bank, hardware store, car dealership, a post office, a school, and a turkey processing plant.

The Summit House, a fairly large hotel, was built in the village around 1872 or 1873 by H. N. Livermore. Since the hotel was a popular place to stay, eat and dance, Amherst Junction must have been a gathering center for many of the surrounding communities. The Summit House remained in business until 1939, when it was dismantled and its lumber was used to build a new home for the owner. At one time, the hotel was operated by Zilphia Moyers Een, the county’s first woman hotel keeper.


Amherst Junction is located at 44°28′10″N 89°19′1″W / 44.46944°N 89.31694°W / 44.46944; -89.31694 (44.469523, -89.316827).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.22 square miles (3.16 km2), of which, 1.21 square miles (3.13 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 49
1920 192
1930 210 9.4%
1940 197 −6.2%
1950 185 −6.1%
1960 131 −29.2%
1970 141 7.6%
1980 225 59.6%
1990 269 19.6%
2000 305 13.4%
2010 377 23.6%
2019 (est.) 383 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 377 people, 137 households, and 102 families living in the village. The population density was 311.6 inhabitants per square mile (120.3/km2). There were 146 housing units at an average density of 120.7 per square mile (46.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 137 households, of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.5% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the village was 35.2 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

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