7/29/11 – The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce has officially ownership of the building where its offices are located. The city sold the building to the Chamber for $1 but will retain the option to re-purchase if the property ever goes back on the market. The Chamber of Commerce has been leasing the depot from the city for 25 years. Executive Director Phil Fritsche says their Board of Directors wanted to own the building before spending money on needed renovations being planned in conjunction with their 100-year anniversary in 2013.
The Beaver Dam Chamber is located in the former train depot on South Spring Street. Once a stop on the rail line between Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, it was closed in the years following World War II and was acquired by the city about ten years later. For years it served as the Dodge County Historical Society Museum before they moved next door to the former Williams Free Library and the Chamber set up shop in 1986.