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SMOKE FROM A BYGONE ERA The rise and fall of the


Ahnapee & Western Railway By Patty Williamson, Ph.D. and Myles Dannhausen Jr.


The northbound train at Sturgeon Bay in the 1930s. The combination baggage and passenger car has been positioned at the depot (in the background), and the train is now spotting a boxcar at the Sturgeon Bay Team Track, a public track for unloading cars into trucks. At right is the Sturgeon Bay Grocer Co. building, which will later house Lightning Loader and Marik Manufacturing. Photo by Roy Campbell, courtesy of Andy Laurent.


At The End of the Track Bus line was vital connection


By Myles Dannhausen Jr.


hen the United States en- tered World War II in 1941, the war effort required sacrifice and contributions from every


corner of the country, including a little bus depot in Sister Bay.


Te shipyards of Sturgeon Bay were


turning out new ships for the Navy ev- ery five days, requiring workers around the clock. But rationing had severely limited tire sales, meaning many work- ers couldn’t drive to the yards.


In response, Ernest Isaacson, owner


of the Lake and Bay View Bus Line, of- fered a reduced-rate special bus to bring


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