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Menominee
Former Milwaukee Road passenger rail station
Menominee Michigan Railroad Station.jpg
Menominee station in August 2011.
Location 219 West Fourth Avenue, Menominee, Michigan 49858
History
Opened 1903
Closed 1927
Services
Preceding station Milwaukee Road Following station
Marinette
towards Crivitz
Crivitz – Menominee Terminus
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Station
Location 219 West Fourth Ave., Menominee, Michigan
Area 1.1 acres (0.45 ha)
Built 1903
Architect J. U. Nettenstrom
NRHP reference No. 82002852
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 22, 1982

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Station, also known as the Milwaukee Road Depot is a railroad depot located at 219 West Fourth Avenue in Menominee, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1977.

History

A rail service was originally extended to Menominee to serve the logging industry. However, as the 19th century drew to a close, the logging in the area was slumping. To offset the decrease in business, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) turned to passenger service. In 1903 they constructed a passenger depot in Menominee from a design by architect James U. Nettenstrom; the design is substantially similar to the nearby depot at Marinette, Wisconsin, constructed at the same time. The railroad ran three daily passenger trains between Menominee and Crivitz, Wisconsin from 1903 until 1914. From 1915 until 1927, the rail line offered both passenger and freight service, but the venture ultimately failed. The station was used as a freight stop until 1938, after which it was shuttered. In 1979, a private partnership, Depot Enterprises, purchased the building.

As of 2012, the building is for sale.

Description

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Depot is a single story frame structure clad with clapboards and vertical tongue and groove siding and resting on a poured concrete foundation. The main section of the depot is covered with a gabled roof, having wide overhanging eaves supported by metal brackets. A covered waiting platform topped with a hip roof and lined with Doric columns is set at one end of the building. The interior has approximately 2000 square feet of floor space, with an additional 500 square feet under the covered waiting platform. The platform and tracks are currently below grade.

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