LAONA - The Lumberjack Special is back on track in Laona. And this year, the logging museum is offering something new. Hundreds of photographs and thousands of documents from the logging era near the turn of the 20th century will add to Camp 5 experience.
As this 1916 steam locomotive chugs to life, people are transported back in time.
"Well, I used to take a train to get to the University of Wisconsin, many years ago," said Liz Williams, Delafield.
"Along the way, you go across a wonderful trestle bridge," said Cate Dellin, president of the Camp 5 Museum Foundation.
"You're just sitting here, and you're getting somewhere," said Williams.
"I love the train, everybody loves the train," said Marlene Schultz, Nashotah.
"It puts you in the mindset, and it just gets you for the feeling of coming back in history," said Dellin.
A mile and a half of track leads to the Camp 5 logging museum near Laona.
"Everyone gets off the train, and it's 'whoa' where have I landed. And then they start wandering around," said Dellin.
As people fan out at the farm, they can find a little something extra. Hundreds of photographs, including some 5x7 historic gems which were donated this year.
"Look at the dining rooms in these camps. Here's over 100 men being fed," said Dellin.
Cate Dellin is a granddaughter of Camp 5's founder. She says logging author and historian Harvey Huston donated his life's work to the museum.
"These are just absolutely wonderful camp pictures," said Dellin.
Thousands of pages of documents will compliment the exhibit.
"It will be great fun, once we get it organized to help our genealogists. Our families who are looking for pictures of their grandfather or their great grandfather. Because a lot of them are identified in the different areas they worked," said Dellin.
"This takes us back to when I was born," said Williams.
"I think the history is good. I think you don't realize what a rough life it was for the loggers and their families," said Pam Sewalish, Nashotah.
And as the train reluctantly returns to the 21st century, people at the Camp 5 farm hope visitors reflect and remember.
"I hope that people have an appreciation for what their grandparents and great-grandparents went through. What they were living up here, life was tough," said Dellin.
The museum was established 44 years ago. Last season, 15,000 people from all 50 states and 13 different countries came to see the exhibit.
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