History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Wisconsin - Businesses - Bars and Clubs

Station 2- The Eastern Connection
Location: 1534 W. Grant Street, Milwaukee WI


October 1987
January 2001

Female/ male
Bar/ social



Station II- The Eastern Connection was opened late in October 1987 by Lois & Sheri, a larger and better environment than their first bar, Gay Street Station. (They had planned to open in time to hold a "Sweetest Day" event on October 17, but weren't able to open until a few days later. They were open in time for Halloween (In Step v4-19).

The bar celebrated its fifth anniversary on October 30, 1992 (IS SO 9-23). By early 1994 the bar was being listed as simply "Station 2", and advertising tapered off, although the bar continued to be listed in the Bar Guides through early January 2001 (IS v18-02).

Ten months later, the bar was apparently replaced (in November 2001) with a new bar named "Off The Tracks" (IS v18-23) in the same location, but we have no information about whether it was by new owners or what the circumstances were. That bar was short-lived however, having its last night on December 31, 2002 (a New Year's Eve party).

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.

Advertisement: "Now Open"
(In Step v4-19, November 1987)
Mention in Steppin Out column:
Station II not opened in time for Sweetest Day
(In Step v4-19, November 1987)
Article: "Trollops Club" founded by Station II
(In Step v4-21, December 1987)
(In Step v5-04, March 1988)
Station II particpates in
Milw Lesbian Gay Pride Celebration
(In Step v5-15, September 1988)
(September 1988)
(In Step v9-14, July 1992)
(In Step v10-04, February 1993)

(In Step v11-05, March 1994)
Advertisement (note watermark
of train, part of newer logo)
(In Step v11-17, September 1994)
Article on Police harassment of bars, including Station 2
(see mid-article)
(In Step v14-01, January 1997)


'Steppin Out' column: bar moved
to W. Grant and renamed
"Station 2- The Eastern Connection"
(In Step v4-17 October 1987)

Advertisement: "Watch for re-opening soon"
(In Step v4-17 October 1987)

Logo in 1993 (a resurrection of old
'Gay Street Station' logo)

Logo in 1994 (along with watermark
within ads; see examples to left)

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Last updated: August-2022.

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