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Genesee Depot

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Genesee Depot is a small unincorporated community in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located in the Town of Genesee, in southeastern Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Madison, and named for the train station, or depot, of the Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad (now the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad) that formerly served the town. Wisconsin State Highways 59 and 83 intersect in Genesee Depot.HistoryGenesee Depot was founded mainly by German, Welsh, Irish, and English immigrants in the late 19th century. Stillman Smith was the first to settle in the area in the summer of 1837. In 1838 Benjamin A. Jenkins built a log cabin inn at what is now the intersection of Hwys. 59 and 83. It served travelers going to and from Milwaukee. Jenkins later built a three-story mill and wagon factory. "By the 1890's there was a grain elevator, slaughter house, two stores, blacksmith shop, shoe shop, woolen factory, post office, lumber yard, and train depot with ticket, baggage, and waiting rooms, storage buildings."Genesee Depot garnered attention as a result of the Milwaukee and Mississippi railroads running through the community. The Johnston Quarry was started in 1842 on what is now Hwy. 59. It provided jobs and led to the development of business in the area. The quarry provided the stone for many Wisconsin buildings, including the state capitol in Madison, the Milwaukee Sentinel building, and Carroll University's earlier buildings.
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