Wakely's Tavern

Wakely's Tavern (HM47)

Location: Nekoosa, WI 54457 Wood County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 17.997', W 89° 53.424'

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Pointe Basse

Built in 1831, Wakely's Tavern and Trading Post was the first white settler's house in present Wood County. River piers, shingle mill, warehouse, and gunpowder pit contributed to making this site a rendezvous for Indians, voyageurs, lumbermen and raftsmen, as well as a social center for area pioneers.

In 1844 the steamboats "Maid of Iowa" and "Enterprise" operated on the river carrying passengers and cargo between Prairie du Chien and Pointe Basse, the site of Wakely's Tavern.

Until 1916, a cable ferry operated from this point to the west bank of the river. In 1963, the remaining wing of the tavern was restored and is now known as "Old Ferry Farm."
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HM NumberHM47
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Marker Number28
Year Placed1971
Placed ByThe South Wood County Historical Corporation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 12:46pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 269432 N 4909252
Decimal Degrees44.29995000, -89.89040000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 17.997', W 89° 53.424'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 17' 59.82" N, 89° 53' 25.44" W
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Area Code(s)715, 608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-326 Wakeley Rd, Nekoosa WI 54457, US
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