Verona Area Historical Society

Verona, Wisconsin

"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

Upcoming Events

All are free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 20th, 1pm: Railroads of Verona and Southwestern Wisconsin. At the Verona Senior Center.

The first railroad train pulled into Verona in 1881. The last train left in 1981. For a hundred years Chicago & North Western freight and passenger trains transported people, mail, coal, lumber, livestock, hardware, household goods, and just about everything else needed or wanted by residents in and around the Verona area. For years the daily trains were the lifeline of Verona and neighboring communities. Highways finally did the railroad in.

Phil Borleske is a railroad historian, writer, photographer and guy who really likes trains. (He runs trolley cars and a team train in Iowa for fun, and was a conductor on Union Pacific Railroad's "Big Boy 150th Anniversary Golden Spike" special train!) Phil offers a look back at railroads in Southwestern Wisconsin - including C&NW's "Ridge Runner" line through Verona.

Take a railroad trip back in time!


Happy Birthday, Verona!

Verona became a township 175 years ago in 1847...making 2022 our Dodransbicentennial! This June we held a series of community events to mark the occasion. If you didn't get your free commemorative pin or stickers (featuring the logo seen to the left), let us know at and we'll find a way to get you one.


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      • Verona Area Historical Society

      • c/o Jesse Charles

      • 1234 Cathedral Point Drive

      • Verona, WI

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