Minocqua Trestle

This old trestle is the centerpiece of Lake Minocqua in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. As a major logging town at the turn of the 20th Century, this was a major route in and out of the area including the town of Minocqua. Later the trains brought vacationers escaping from the heat of the big cities. In 1954 I crossed this trestle on my first of a lifetime of visits to the area aboard a night train form Chicago. We stayed on the lake while there and, as a child, I had to drop everything I was doing to watch the trains cross. The trains emitted a low hum which could be heard miles away, alerting us to its approach.

Today this is the start of the Bearskin trail, a long walking/biking trail that goes through lakes, marshes and woods of Northern Wisconsin.