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The History

The Range Line Inn of Mequon, built prior to 1840, has played a colorful role in local history. Originally known as the “Half Way Inn”, it provided a stopping place for weary travelers between Port Washington and Milwaukee. In 1849, when the building and 4 acres were sold, it had an assessed value of $60,000. Around this time, the building served as a stage coach stop and later became a mail handling and telegraph office. Legends say the inn also served as a station on the underground railroad, aiding slaves who fled the south. Some time near 1900, rooms were actually let to teachers working at area schools. The Range Line Inn later served as Ozaukee county's original town meeting and dance hall. As late as the 1970's, Dixieland jazz bands played in the dance hall on weekends. Having changed hands many times over the years, it is our pleasure to serve you at the historic Range Line Inn, and provide you with that warm, rustic atmosphere of yesteryear.