Fundraising and Publicity


Fundraising began as soon as the BHC committee was formed.


1. Letters describing the efforts being made to save the Houghton Depot were mailed to all Bayview residents.  

2.In July of 2019, for Washburn’s Brownstone Days,  the BHC displayed posters explaining the project along with a model train track showing the location of the depot in the 1880’s.

3. Grant from the Apostle Islands Historical Preservation Conservancy

4. Anonymous donors

5. A presentation on Feb 25, 2020 by Paul Johnson at the Tony Woiak History Festival entitled: “ The Three Lives of Houghton Depot”

6. Articles have appeared in The Junction, the Ashland Daily Press, WDIO, KBJR6, Live Local 3 Duluth, live and on-line.

As of May 2020 sufficient funds have been raised to allow us to move the depot and restore the outside. We continue to seek financial support for the restoration of the inside of the depot to allow us to do educational programs.


Restoring Houghton Depot sign
Railroad Model
Bayview History Committee

This railroad model built by Paul Johnson, shows the depot (small building on the right) as it existed in 1884.