Historic Depot Moves to New Home in Bayfield County

Created: February 26, 2020 10:57 PM

A historic Bayfield County depot has a new home - its third, in fact.


This week, crews moved the original Houghton Depot to the Town of Bayview Park.  The previous owners gave the building to the Town of Bayview in 2018, and the Bayview History Committee organized the move.

Decades ago, the 1880's-era depot had been moved from its original location to a site near Washburn, where it served as a private residence.  The History Committee completed removal of additions to the building last year but had to wait until winter to be able to move the original structure.

On Monday, the 15-by-20 foot building was loaded on to a house dolly, attached to a semi, and driven up Highway 13 with an escort from the sheriff's office.

The History Committee plans to restore the building to be used for local education programs.  The park is also home to an old paymaster's office, which is also used for education programs.

The Bayview History Committee, a group under the Washburn Heritage Association, has a mission to collect and preserve the history of the Town of Bayview and to make it available to residents and the general public.   The group is also working to collect oral histories, research local sites, and prepare materials for the public.

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