Marshland was asleep in its early years. There was only the early settler traffic following Trail #35. Its existence was hardly noticed. Building the Green Bay railroad in 1873, the workers needed a place to stay along with entertainment and liquor. The Marshland House became a realilty.
The activity started as passengers needed a place to transfer between trains. This is when Marshland really developed because of the railroad junction. A depot had to be built for the travelers to change trains and purchase tickets, a well drilled for the water tower, and spurs had to be built in a yard to transfer freight cars. It also had a saloon with a post office for handling the mail in the area as well as transferring the mails between trains and stages that were still operating.
In July of 1874, work was to commence on a turn table where the engines could be turned around for the return trip to Green Bay.
In 1874, Ketchum & Company operated a steam and water sawmill in Marshland that produced lumber and large quantities of timber for the trestle work in the area. ... This was a cheap way for the settlers to get lumber they needed and gave the company more business then they could handle.
Marshland & Whistler's Pass on Trail #35 by Ron Galewski