The last train pulled out of town years ago, but step back and close your eyes. You can almost hear the whistles and the chugging of the steam engine. Once surrounded by immense rail yards and the massive Mineral Point Zinc Works, the depot is the last significant structure from the era where trains reigned and depots represented the heart of communication, commerce, transportation, and adventure.
The Mineral Point Depot is one of few surviving pre-Civil War depots in the United States. Recognized as the oldest depot in Wisconsin, it is the oldest surviving structure of the Milwaukee Road. Within its two-foot thick walls you will learn about its revival as an architectural landmark. View a vast collection of artifacts and detailed exhibits that cover 150 years of history.
Awarded “Best Interpretive Site” in 2005 by the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mineral Point Railroad Museum promises a memorable experience set in an authentic place and a chance to reflect upon a bygone era. Ponder the past, and reminisce about the vital role small town depots played in our history. You might even meet a real railroader who loves to swap tales of the rails.
A new model railroad diorama, featured in the May 2011, Model Railroader magazine, brings these days back to life. With careful attention to detail, the diorama replicates the rail yard and surrounding area of town, circa 1915. Admission group rates available (10 or more). Ring 608-987-2695 for more information or visit mineralpointrailroads.com