Amherst Junction, Wisconsin

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Amherst Junction is a village in Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 305 at the 2000 census.



Amherst Junction was created when the railroad first came through the county. It was a junction between two railroads: the Wisconsin Central and the Green Bay and Lake Pepin railroads.

Until 1875, the community was referred to as Groversburg, presumably after the Grover family that held considerable property in the area. But when a post office was established in March 1875, it was called Amherst Junction.

It wasn’t until 1911 that the village was incorporated. By 1914, the village had become an important buying and shipping center for Potatoes. many people traveling to the eastern and northeastern part of the county would detrain in Amherst Junction and hire a rig from a livery in the village to take them to their destination.

The village at one time had 36 businesses which included: five taverns, two hotels, two grocery stores, dancehalls, depots, feed stores, four potato warehouses, a blacksmith, a livery stable, a meat market, bank, hardware store, car dealership, a post office, a school, and a turkey processing plant.

The Summit House, a fairly large hotel, was built in the village around 1872 or 1873 by H. N. Livermore. Since the hotel was a popular place to stay, eat and dance, Amherst Junction must have been a gathering center for many of the surrounding communities. The Summit House remained in business until 1939, when it was dismantled and its lumber was used to build a new home for the owner. At one time, the hotel was operated by Zilphia Moyers Een, the county’s first woman hotel keeper.[3]


Amherst Junction is located at 44°28′10″N 89°19′1″W / 44.46944°N 89.31694°W / 44.46944; -89.31694 (44.469523, -89.316827)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.65%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 305 people, 109 households, and 75 families residing in the village. The population density was 256.2 people per square mile (99.0/km²). There were 111 housing units at an average density of 93.2/sq mi (36.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

There were 109 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.28.

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