Fox Lake Railroad Depot

211 Cordelia Street, Fox Lake, Wisconsin

Depot on an abandoned rail line, now serving as a museum


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2015




When the railroad, that was to become the Milwaukee Road, was built across Dodge County in the 1850s, it came out of Beaver Dam and turned west, passing Fox Lake about three miles to the south. In 1866, a branch line was built to reach Fox Lake from the main line with a loop that returned trains to the main line.

The branch line is long gone, now a walking trail, but the depot lives on in Fox Lake, now serving as a museum. The rails in front of the depot are still there, for a rather rare depot built on a curve.

(If you look at the map of Fox Lake on a satellite image, you can see the alignment of the former rail loop. The former branch line now serves as a siding.)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 1978
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1884; 1919

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Description and Added Photos