GOODHUE COUNTY

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EXISTING STATIONS
Station
Name
Original
Railroad
Current
Location
Type Date
Built
Current
Use
Track
Status
Building
Material
More
Info
CANNON FALLS Corner of 2nd and Water Streets C 1915 Vacant Gone Wood
GOODHUE Third Avenue between Broadway and MN58 C 1883 Storage Gone Wood  
Kenyon East side of Washington Street just north of 1st Street.
(GPS: 44.273568,-92.991849)
C ???? Civic None Wood
RED WING 726 West Main Street P 1906 Business Gone Brick
RED WING 420 Levee Street P 1904 Mixed In Use Brick
Red Wing Little Log House Pioneer Village
220th Street, Hastings, Dakota County
F ???? Muesum None Wood
WANAMINGO At  Holden Lutheran Church, 6949 County 30 Boulevard, Kenyon
(GPS: 44.320713, -92.901694)
C ???? Civic None Wood
Zumbrota Little Log House Pioneer Village
220th Street, Hastings, Dakota Co.
F ???? Museum None Wood  
STATIONS OF THE PAST
Station
Name
Original
Railroad
Notes
Bakko Bakko was in the SW corner of Section 14, Kenyon Township.
Bellechester  
Bellechester Junction This station was south of Goodhue where the line to Bellechester junctions with the CGW between Goodhue and White Willow.
belle creek This station was on the southeast side of main street. The depot sat between the main line and a siding track. This town exists in name only and failed early after it was platted. It was located on the south bank of the Canon River, just to the southeast of Welch in Vasa Township. This location is currently off 264th Street Path about 300 years north of the junction with County Road 7. In 1899 the station was loaded onto a flatcar and moved a bit to the west and renamed Welch Station. The line was torn out in 1982, with depot being razed sometime previous to that. This location should not be confused with the Belle Creek that still exists in Belle Creek Township. 
Bombay The first station here was built in 1903 with the opening of the line from Zumbrota to Fairibault. This was small freight shed that also served passengers.
Bombay This 16'x36' station was built in 1904/05 when the original small freight shed proved to be too small to handle the town's needs. The station went out of service in 1930, but stood until at least the early 1940s. The line was abandoned in 1979.
Cannon Falls This station was built in 1882 and replaced by the station that is still standing.
Cannon Junction  
Cascade
(Granville Mills)
This station, in the NW corner of Stanton Twonship was called Granville Mills in the early years by both the Minnesota Central (CGW) and CM&St.P. Both railroads erected stations here. This station was built around 1882.
Cascade
(Granville Mills)
This station was built around 1882.
Central point  
Clay Bank The depot here was a remodeled boxcar. It was gone by the 1950s. The line was abandoned in 1965. The store in the photo was razed in the late 1960s after serving as a residence for a few years.
dennison This station was just south of CR 31/CR 9. The station was on the east side of the tracks.
Eggleston The line here was abndoned in 1941 in favor of the newer line that ran across Prairie Island. The depot was demolished in 1946.
Fagen This station was located on the Fagen farm (SW corner of Section 6 in Warsaw Township), between Stanton and Dennison, on the border of Rice County. The "milk shake" train picked up cans of milk and cream at stations along the railroad line, carrying the filled cans to the Twin Cities in the morning and returning the empty cans to the stations in late afternoon. Between Kenyon and Stanton, the train, which also carried a passenger car, made pickups at Finseth, Hildebrant, Nerstrand, Hukie, and Fagen. Source: Newspaper articles from the Kenyon Leader Feb.12,1976 and May 18,1978
Finseth Station Finseth Station was in the north central part of Section 32 in Holden Township.
forest mills This station was just south of the race for the flour mill. It sat just to the NW of the butter tub factory, north of what used to be Main Street. This area is unidentifiable now and located on private property (part of which appears to be a junkyard). The depot also housed the post office from 1888-1898. The post office and depot were closed in 1898. The tracks were removed in 1955 and the depot was gone long before that.
frontenac Station This station sat in the middle of the block formed by Caledonia (on the west), Scandinavia (on the east), Columbia (on the north), and Sclavonia (on the south) Streets.
hay creek This railroad ran from Red Wing Junction to Zumbrota with a spur from Claybank to the nearby clay pits. It's main purpose was to serve the pottery and stoneware factories in Red Wing. The tracks were removed here in 1937. It was first chartered as the Red Wing & Iowa Rwy. in 1881, renamed the DRW&S in 1886, and was sold to the Wisconsin, Minnesota & Pacific in 1901. The line finally ended up as part of the Chicago Great Western.
Kenyon In a 1938 aerial photo, the station is located west of Bullis Street on the north side of the tracks and 5th Street.
Lena
(New Jerusalem)
This depot was on the SW corner of CR 55 and MN 60 in Pine Island Township. There was also a warehouse next to the station. The name of the town was changed from New Jerusalem to Lena shortly after the RR station was built around 1878.
Lena The CGW erected a new depot at Lena in 1903. It was torn down in 1938 and the line was abandoned in 1965.
Mineral Springs Mineral Springs may have been an early town, but was better known for the tuberculosis sanitarium that was here. Although is referred to as an early RR station in the book Ghost Towns & Discontinued Post Offices of Goodhue County (1991) by Roy Meyer, there may or may not have been an actual station building here (the train may have simply stopped at the sanitarium as the tracks were a few feet from the building itself). The sanitarium was at the south end of 95th Avenue Way/County 40 Boulevard at about GPS: 44.52447,-92.842305.
Minneola The station was on the south side of the Zumbro river near the trestle that carried the spur north across the river to where the old Barr Clay Plant.
PINE ISLAND Built in 1878, this station was eventually bought by the 7th Day Adventist Church. The church tore the station down in 1937 and used the salvaged lumber for the building of the the church. Its original location was on Park Avenue, which would be somewhere near the intersection of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue today as the town stripped most of its street names for the boring numbered system.
Red Wing The first CM&St.P station was along the tracks between Dakota and Broad Streets (just SW of where the current station is located).
Skyburg
(Skyberg)
Skyberg was on the southern border of Section 25, Kenyon Township. The first station here was in service around 1885. The depot pictured was built in 1891.
stanton This station was just north of MN 19. It was built in 1885. Also in this vicinity were two elevators, a warehouse, a and a store/post office. Just to the NW of the station was the Stanton Creamery Cheese Factory.
Stroms  
Trout Brook This early RR station was between Red Wing and Hay Creek in Section 12 of Featherstone Township. The town/station was gone by 1900.
Wacouta This was the first RR station in the county, built in 1870. When the station opened, the town name was spelled "Wacoota."
Welch
(Eagle Mills)
This station was just south of the intersection of CR 7 and Welch Trail. The name of the town was changed from Eagle Mills to Welch in 1886.
West Red Wing  
White Willow
(Rice)
The station, which was originally a small freight structure, was originally known as Rice and the town of White Willow was actually two miles east of Rice Station. In 1905 a new, larger depot was built. That depot was out of service by 1919 and torn down sometime in the 1930s. The agent in the photo is Agnes Schafer, who lived on a nearby farm with her parents. From the Goodhue newspaper:  "In January, 1905, the Great Western shipped a passenger shelter by flat car to White Willow, presumably from some flag stop fallen into decline. The car stood on the siding for many days, and one night, wind blew the shed off, almost in the right spot. The B&B crew declared themselves satisfied and so there it stood, complimenting the wooden platform then 13 years old. Two years earlier the Great Western had changed the stationís name from Rice to White Willow. Too many passengers and too much freight were arriving here and not at James Hillís Rice on the Northern Pacific near St. Cloud."

The station was located on the east side of County Boulevard (GPS: 44.362473,-92.651782).
zumbrota The station was moved to the Covered Bridge Park on the north side of the Cannon River. Repeated spring floodings damaged the building so the city finally tore it down after the flood of 2006.

The original station here was for the 3'0" narrow-gauge Minnesota Midland which was built in 1873, sold to the CM&St.P in 1883, converted to standard gauge in 1903, and was removed in 1952.
Zumbrota This line eventually became part of the Chicago Great Western Railroad (see listing for Hay Creek above).
Zumbrota This railroad become part of the Chicago & North Western in 1881 and the line was removed in 1933.
zumbrota Passenger station.
1898 GOODHUE COUNTY RAILROAD MAP
Notes About Existing Stations...

Cannon Falls (CGW) - The Goodhue County GIS office claims this station was built in 1903.

Kenyon (CGW) - This original location of this station was just north of Main Street on the west side of the tracks.

Red Wing (MN Central) - Station was built by the predecessor railroad Minnesota Central which later became part of the CGW. The last train on the line was in 1976. The building formerly housed a Hardees restaurant and now houses a Caribou Coffee.

Red Wing (CMSt.P&P) - This station now houses the Red Wing Visitor's And Convention Bureau and the Red Wing Arts Association And Gallery.

Red Wing (Express Agency) - This express agency depot was originally next to the brick CGW station in Red Wing. This may be the only remaining stand-alone express agency in the state of MN.