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A moment in time: Railroad Depots in Walker

Did you know we had two railroad depots in Walker?

The Minnesota &International Railroad crossed Shingobee Bay and followed the lakeshore into Walker. The depot and roundhouse were built in April of 1896.  Business was brisk as this was the end of the line until 1899.  The depot was located along the northside of Front Street and just south of the Chase Hotel.  The second depot was the Great Northern Railway and was built in Walker in 1897 along site the Heartland Trail entrance when the rail line was abandoned in 1972.  These depots became the social hub of the community as settlers, salesmen, businessmen, and lumberjacks arrived.


The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cass County Museum will present “A Moment in Time” each week. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!


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