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Cudahy Historical Society

How did the Cudahy Historical Society come to own the Depot? That’s a story in itself. In 1971, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad had abandoned the building and moved into a compact brick office next door. The depot was so neglected and in need of repairs that the City of Cudahy condemned it and demanded that the railroad either raze it or repair it.

A group of citizens said, “No way! The Depot should be preserved.” They battled the city and the railroad and formed the Cudahy Historical Society to give strength to their efforts

When they discovered that the family of city founder Patrick Cudahy owned the land on which the depot stood, they had a bargaining tool. With the Cudahy family’s co-operation they acquired the depot in 1978.