To quote from the Rice Lake Chronotype, September 30, 1920:
"Extensive improvements are being made at the yards of the Park Falls Lbr. Co. in this city.
Monday Cyrille Mercer and a crew of carpenters began working at erecting a monorail system which will be used to carry logs to landing or storage and to the mill."
"Heavy concrete bases for this system had been laid during the summer and the carpenters are now erecting huge pillars or posts which will support the trackage.
These are 12 X 12 timbers of western pine, 42 feet in height.
The trackage is a monorail in the form of a 15 inch I beam, which will bear an electric engine of about 8 tons in weight and a capacity to pick up a fourth of a carload of logs."
The monorail system was quite extensive. It ran from the "big mill" (present day Johnson Truck Bodies) to the "little mill," which was located where the old UBC Lumber now stands. The monorail also ran across main street into the west and south side where piles upon piles of finished lumber were stacked.
The monorail was in use until the early 1930's when the depression made the mill unprofitable while hardwoods were becoming scarce.
When the lumber complex was destroyed by fire in in 1934, the land was purchased by William Stein for
back taxes, and Stein Steel became the owner.
After World War II, the monorail was dismantled. Tom McGiffin remembered his father Francis operating a caterpillar in 1946 that knocked down and buried most of the pillars, leaving only the ones that are seen today.