Marker 30: Wisconsin Central Railroad

© Photographed July 2, 2012
Erected 1955 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44° 12.06′ N, 88° 26.922′ W

Wisconsin Central Railroad was formally organized in the National Hotel on this site by Judge George Reed and his associates, Feb. 4, 1871. Here the contracts were let for its construction and the first general office was located. The road secured a land grant to build a line from "Doty's Island to Lake Superior." The first train ran from Menasha to Waupaca, Oct. 2, 1871.
UPDATE March 4, 2016: This marker and the building have been removed. See photos below.

The marker is attached to the outside wall of the Hotel Pub, 177 Main Street, at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952.

The marker is visible in the center of the photo.

 Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
Hotel Menasha
Postmarked September 23, 1910
Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
Hotel Menasha
Postmarked February 24, 1929

Revisited March 4, 2016
Hotel Menash has been razed, the marker has been removed,
and this new building is under construction.


Anonymous said...

I hear they're tearing the hotel Pub down this summer not sure if it true.

Melinda Roberts said...

Oh, that would sad! Please keep me updated.

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