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Join us this Saturday for a Old Time Radio Show performance at 1 pm. Doors open at noon. Tour the buildings. It's all FR...

Join us this Saturday for a Old Time Radio Show performance at 1 pm. Doors open at noon. Tour the buildings. It's all FREEE!


7300 Five Mile Rd
Caledonia, WI


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Thank you for your wonderful event today! What a special place!
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad station in Linwood Park was used by Amtrak's Hiawatha until 2006, when the current station opened about one mile to the north. CP Rail announced its intention to demolish the old Sturtevant depot by June 1st, 2009. They offered it to interested groups that were able to move it away, and offered to donate $8,500.00 toward the effort, representing the demolition cost. The first railroad in what would become Sturtevant was built in 1855. The Racine and Mississippi RR ran into financial difficulty and became the Western Union Railroad in 1866. The Western Union became part of the Milwaukee and St. Paul in 1869. The town of Western Union Junction (Sturtevant) began to develop in 1873 when a new mainline was built by the Milwaukee and St. Paul RR from Milwaukee to Chicago, and a major junction developed where it crossed the Racine & Mississippi line from Racine to Beloit and points west. Western Union Junction became a village in 1901. In 1902, the Milwaukee Road built this train depot, specially designed for this location by the railroad's depot architect to accommodate the new Corliss Engine Company business, its workers and the explosive growth that the company brought to the village. (Western Union Junction even changed its name to Corliss.) The ornate depot, designed to correlate with the new depots built the year before on State Street in Racine and on 17th Street at Racine Junction, was built with two waiting rooms to accommodate passengers transferring from the Chicago-Milwaukee line to trains headed east to Racine, west to the lakeside summer resorts in western Racine County, and to the southwest (eventually) as far as Kansas City. By 1912 over 65 trains stopped at the village. Corliss was renamed once more when the B.F. Sturtevant Company expanded there from the East Coast. The Sturtevant depot is the only remaining ex-Milwaukee Road station that has the corner turret which allowed the dispatcher a full view of the tracks in all four directions. An architecturally-notable as well as historically significant structure, it is the last example of an ornate wooden railroad depot in this area. In 1985 the SOO Line bought the bankrupt Milwaukee Road, and in 1990 CP Rail took full control of the SOO. Today only one segment remains of the old Racine and Mississippi Railroad (called by the Milwaukee Road its Southwestern Division); CP Rail, based in Calgary, Alberta, still operates the line between Sturtevant and Waxdale (SC Johnson Wax on the east end of Sturtevant) while the Wisconsin Southern operates a section between Burlington and Beloit.

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