A series of postcards shows the Iola & Northern, which would
eventually become a rural branch of the Green Bay & Western.
The Iola & Northern was conceived to build a railroad line
connecting the Green Bay & Western with the forests of northern
Wisconsin, but only five miles of the line was ever built. The
Green Bay Route acquired the line in 1901.
The I&N railroad went due north from the GBW main line
interchange at Scandinavia, then swung eastward as it approached the
village to end at the center of the city. The original I&N
depot -- built 1893 -- is still standing in Iola. The line was
abandoned in 1958.