7-6-15 Portage County
Amherst and neighboring Amherst Junction was settled around 1852, most settlers Yankees and English-speaking Canadians. It may have been named after the hometown of one of the settlers from Amherst, Nova Scotia.
We first stopped in Amherst Junction. The historic State Bank Building.
A couple of businesses, Carbo’s Junction Bar and Lake Emily Inn.
The first thing we noticed were two railroad tracks, upper and lower. A sign nearby explains the history of that. Only freight trains use these tracks now.
The sign is on the Tomorrow River State Trail.
We then went went to the nearby village of Amherst to see the dam and bridge.
The bridge and even a sign describing its history.
Sometimes vehicle trouble can happen on the road, we were hearing a loud scraping sound when the brakes were applied. We discovered Amherst had an excellent auto repair shop called T & T Automotive. We went right there and they took care of us in one hour, even though we just dropped in. We give them a stamp of approval for their fast and excellent service.
We will be back in Amherst perhaps next year to learn more about this town. This community saved our trip and maybe our vehicle from damage.