Morton Historic Railroad Depot

The Morton Depot is the sole remaining Tacoma Eastern Railroad depot and located in the historic town of Morton. The Tacoma Eastern was built primarily by Japanese laborers and the depot itself contains physical evidence they helped construct it. This makes it a very important record of minority history.  One of the Japanese workers named Yamasaki wrote his name in English cursive on one of the boards and materials used in construction came from mills that used a significant number of Japanese workers like M. R. Smith in Mineral and Eatonville Lumber Company in Eatonville. In fact, in 1910 when the depot was built the population of Morton according to the federal census was 497 people and 94 of those were Japanese railroad and timber industry workers.

Relocation and restoration of the Morton Depot has been a 20-year dream of the Historical Society and will serve as both a railroad museum and visitor center upon completion. Built in 1910, the two-story frame building is one of the last of this type of Milwaukee stations in existence today.  Visitors are encouraged to visit to see the ongoing restoration.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Trained Guides/Guided Tours Available
  • Located on Private Land

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