Neenah History & Photo Archive
These photos, predominantly of Neenah's Central City area, provide a perspective of the changing Neenah landscape. Watch for the waterways and main Neenah thoroughfares in these bird's eye views of the lay of the land in Neenah.
Landmarks & Businesses
Neenah is the Indian word for water. Neenah is nestled along the shores of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River. Early Neenah settlers relied on waterpower for business including paper mills, sawmills, flourmills, stove works and plow works. Budding commerce sprung up around these business interests to support the needs of the influx of settlers. Neenah enjoys a strength and prosperity that can be traced to these early settlers, a group of industrialists and merchants who shared a common vision of creating an economically and culturally vibrant community. Many of the historic, cultural and recreational opportunities available today are the products of generous gifts from local benefactors.
Railroads and Streetcars
Chicago and Northwestern provided the first Neenah railway from Oshkosh in 1861. New rail lines were essential in providing inexpensive shipping options for Neenah's burgeoning manufacturers. From the earliest depots and steam locomotives on, these pictures provide a glimpse into the rail system that is still very much a part of Neenah today. The photos of railroad paraphernalia and memorabilia are sure to intrigue every railroad buff. The horse drawn streetcar provided the first intercity transportation that was later replaced by the electric streetcar.