Wednesday, July 1

Old Sturtevant Hiawatha Depot

Old Sturtevant Hiawatha Depot

This older station had been built in 1901 by the Milwaukee Road. Sturtevant’s passenger service was discontinued by the mid 1960s but restored with the start-up of Amtrak in 1971, so that there would still be train service near Racine, which had lost its service. Although rail service had returned to Sturtevant, the building deteriorated over time and in 1998, village officials applied for a federal grant to construct a new station, while moving to prevent demolition of the old one. Financing, originally thought to be $1 million, would be funded at 80 percent by a state grant and 20 percent by the village. By July, 2000, the first architectural plans were made illustrating a 1,500 square-foot station, two side platforms and a pedestrian tunnel underneath the rails.

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