Rafting on the Mississippi

Rafting on the Mississippi (HMFIP)

Location: Eastman, WI 54626 Crawford County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 13.565', W 91° 4.554'

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After 1837 the vast timber resources of northern Wisconsin were eagerly sought by settlers moving into the mid-Mississippi valley. By 1847 there were more than thirty saw-mills on the Wisconsin, Chippewa, and St. Croix river systems, cutting largely Wisconsin white pine.

During long winter months, logging crews felled and stacked logs on the frozen rivers. Spring thaws flushed the logs down the streams toward the Mississippi River. Here logs were caught, sorted, scaled and rafted. Between 1837 and 1901 more than forty million board feet of logs floated down the Great River to saw-mills.

The largest log raft on the Mississippi was assembled at Lynxville in 1896. It was 270 feet wide and 1550 long, containing two and one-fourth million board feet of lumber.

The largest lumber raft on the river originated on Lake St. Croix in 1901. Somewhat smaller in size, 270 feet wide and 1450 feet long, it carried more lumber, nine million board feet. The last rafting of lumber on the Mississippi came in 1915, ending a rich, exciting and colorful era in the history of Wisconsin and the Great River.
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Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
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Marker Number149
Year Placed1965
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 12:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 656255 N 4787718
Decimal Degrees43.22608333, -91.07590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 13.565', W 91° 4.554'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 13' 33.90" N, 91° 4' 33.24" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 94 Great River Rd, Eastman WI 54626, US
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