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Toy Train Barn Museum in Argyle


Toy Train Barn sign

We were so excited to go here after hearing about it on the new TV program on Wisconsin Public Television, “Our Wisconsin Life”. Here is their segment.

Just outside of downtown Argyle a few miles the Toy Train Barn rose above the countryside, standing out against the melting snow with its orange color and barn quilt.

Toy Train Barn Museum

We could not imagine so many little trains in one place!  I was impressed by the two trains at the Olbrich Holiday Express in December, but this blew it out of the water. Jan Guthrie was so kind to show us around, her dog Casey Jones was so sweet and friendly. She opened the door and a plaster railroad guy was one of the first things we saw.

Railroad GuyCasey Jones heart

We could not believe the vista spread out when we walked in the door. The view was a city at dusk, subdued lighting with MANY moving objects, not just the trains.  This is on the left side of the display, an aisle goes down the middle of the museum. In this picture a moving space needle goes up and down the pole.  Also video of scene below.

City and Space Needle

The right side is just as interesting.  The band playing (VCR recording), balloon and kids jumping on pogo sticks is wonderful.  The trains are even to programmed to stop at the depot.

The message plane flying around..

Message Plane

This was really cute, a band playing bluegrass under a gazebo, a pig roasting on a spit. It was also turning.

Bluegrass Band

Also a Depot and barn with lots of animals. There is an air strip too.

Depot and barn

We finished up our visit with some music from the player piano and a picture with Jan and Casey.

Jan Guthrie and us

Jan and Buck Guthrie welcome you to their fine train museum. In the summer months,  miniature trains rides outside complete your experience.  ALL ABOARD!!

Toy Train Museum Flyer 2014

Argyle – Gateway to Yellowstone Lake


Argyle signArgyle Water Tower

Argyle is Village of 857 people nestled in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, a hilly land untouched by glaciers. It was founded in 1844 , named after by the Duke of Argyll of Scotland.   Scottish settlers took a liking to this part of Wisconsin, the large hills probably reminded them of the Scottish Highlands.   We saw a historic marker attesting this fact not far from Argyle.

Pioneer Scottish Settlement marker

Running through the heart is the Pecatonica River. This provides a scenic backdrop upon entering town.  It is now spring thaw, and the water flowed over the spillway from the dam.  On a rock nearby is a plaque giving a brief history of Argyle.  Read here to learn more about Argyle businesses and events.

Argyle Bridge plaque

This beautiful view is not just for looks, this is a fully operational power plant, providing most of the electrical needs for the village.  They so kindly provided info to visitors like us. The red brick building was formerly a grist mill.

Argyle Power Plant info

No visit to Argyle is complete without going to the Argyle Legion Community Park, dedicated to soldiers of Argyle in 2008.

Argyle Legion Community Park

We head downtown just beyond the power plant..

Downtown Argyle WI

For enthusiasts of the fiber arts, the Argyle Fiber Mill features locally- sourced wool, within 50 miles of Argyle. They make the yarn on site.

Argyle Fiber Mill store

We also saw two murals on buildings.

Argyle Sesquicentennial mural

Argyle mural

This is historic Partridge Hall, a center for social functions in Argyle since 1878. They serve food Friday through Sunday.

Partridge HallPartridge Hall side

Liked this cute stone building housing the Argyle Dental Office. I am not sure if it is historic or not.

Argyle Dental Office

We soon come upon the former Waddington Hall, now the city Municipal building, police and Public Library. it was built in 1924, commisioned by James Seymor Waddington.

Argyle Community Center-Waddington Hall

Waddington also founded the Argyle State bank, the building now houses apartments.

Former Argyle State bank

Argyle’s most distinguished past resident was “Fighting Bob” La Follette.  He spent the second half of his childhood here. The Argyle Historic Society is in the process of restoring the site of his boyhood home, the Saxton House.  Contributions are welcome!  The Wisconsin Historic Society Museum in Madison has a display featuring this distinguished Wisconsin politician.

Saxton House in Aryle

Saxton House marker

All this exploring led us to lunch at Irma’s Kitchen, established in 1976 by Irma Collins and recommended to us by local residents.  The lunch crowd was arriving, we enjoyed the fish fry, yum!  Wish we had room for their famous pie, perhaps on our next visit.


Irma's Kitchen Fish FryIrma Collins of Irma's Kitchen

Our last stop in Argyle was the Toy Train Barn Museum, a lot of fun!

Toy Train Barn Museum

We had a great time in Argyle, and plan on returning on June 28, 2014 for their 75 Annual Fish Fry festival. You will enjoy the friendly atmosphere in this village on the Pecatonica River.

Argyle sign back

Downtown Argyle 2