Yellow River

Yellow River (HMT66)

Location: Spooner, WI 54801 Washburn County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 49.267', W 91° 51.924'

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The Yellow River was called the "River Jaune" by early French explorers because of the bright yellow sand on the bottom of Yellow Lake through which it flows. Located in the heart of the "Folle Avoine," or wild rice country, it was one of the first tributaries of the St. Croix to be occupied by the Chippewa who (ca. 1700) in bloody battles drove out the Sioux and established permanent villages on Clam and Yellow Lakes.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, rival fur-traders for the Northwestern and the XY Companies competed fiercely with rum, trade goods and credit for the fur-trade of the Yellow River, Namekagon, Clam and St. Croix bands of Chippewa Indians.

Indian mounds indicate the residences of aboriginal Indians (ca. 300 A.D.) along the Yellow River and on Spooner Lake, two miles northeast of here. Succeeding the Sioux, the Chippewa maintained permanent vil?lages on this lake from the early eighteenth to the early twentieth century.

Erected 1968
HM NumberHMT66
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number164
Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 9:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 588137 N 5074798
Decimal Degrees45.82111667, -91.86540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 49.267', W 91° 51.924'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 49' 16.02" N, 91° 51' 55.44" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 250-298 Orchard Ln, Spooner WI 54801, US
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