Bits and pieces of the yesterdays of unincorporated Split Rock still remain.
The little settlement in the town of Fairbanks continues to attract newcomers.
In 1895, Split Rock had a post office and was located on the Milwaukee, Lakeshore and Western Railroad line.
Because there was abundant timber in the area, there was a sawmill that supported a shingle mill, planing mill and wood working plants.
Eileen Schlender, Clintonville, lived about 3 miles outside of Split Rock until she was 9 years old. She and her sister attended the Blue Ribbon one-room rural school.
“I recall walking to Split Rock, waving a white flag for the train to stop and we would ride to see our doctor in Clintonville and then ride back,” she recalled.
Schlender and others also recall Split Rock being home to a school, general store, cheese factory, dance hall, boarding house, charcoal kiln, saloon and beauty shop.