Trout Lake, MI Depot, August 1999

Trout Lake is in Michigan's upper peninsula, about 25 miles northwest of the Straits of Mackinaw. Two lines crossed there. Photo above shows Soo Line 1003 on August 1999 excursion.

The first line, from Marquette to St. Ignace, was built by the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette around 1880. In 1886 that railroad became part of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic.

The other line was built between 1884 and 1887, by the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Ry. It was built as a transcontinental link, connecting to the Canadian Pacific at Sault Ste. Marie.

Both lines became part of the Soo Line. In 1984 the line south from Trout Lake, to St. Ignace was abandoned. In 1987 all Soo Line tracks in Michigan were sold to Wisconsin Central.
The Trout Lake depot is still in use by Wisconsin Central. They have a reputation of taking care of what they own. So one might guess that WC remodeled the depot, and likely covered over many doors and windows in the process. Compare the view below with the old postcard view at the bottom of this page.

Front of Depot (Facing the Diamond), Looking West

South side of depot

West end

April 2000, Updated April 2001
Louis Van Winkle
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