The Roundhouse

The former Chicago & North Western Railway Roundhouse and turntable were recently acquired by the City of Spooner. The Railroad Park Board and the Friends of Railroad Park, Inc. are working to preserve the roundhouse and existing turntable for future generations to enjoy.

RRP Pavilion

The Park

Friends of the Railroad Park will provide diverse year-round leisure opportunities through the preservation of Spooner’s rich railroad history, open green space, and park settings for its community and visitors. Spooner Railroad Park encourages revitalization and community pride by stimulating economic, culturally enriched experiences and activities within and around the Park.


Spooner's Rail History

Spooner was an important railroad center of the Chicago & North Western Railway, and handled tremendous tonnage.  A local newspaper reported on July 27, 1883: "The new town at the Division has been named Spooner, after Col. John C. Spooner, the attorney of the road". A large passenger depot, freight depots, a restaurant, express office, switching yards, locomotive and car shops, roundhouse, lumber yards, and offices were constructed.  Approximately 600 persons were employed. Its large payroll was a vital part of the local economy.

Next Steps...

This project simply can't be accomplished without your help. We're looking to railroad fans, residents and anyone with an interest in the park to help us take our next steps. If you are interested in this project, we would love to talk to you. Donations are now being accepted as well.