Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage

Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage (HMVVH)

Location: Hayward, WI 54843 Sawyer County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 56.072', W 91° 29.551'

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Still visible here is the southeast terminus of the 2½ mile portage that linked the St. Croix and Chippewa River systems. Indians, explorers, missionaries and fur-traders all used this "carrying place" to move their birch bark canoes back and forth between the two great water routes connecting Lake Superior and the Mississippi. In 1784 Michel Cadotte established a fur-trading post at the northwest end of the portage to control the trade at this pivotal point. From such interior locations as Lac Court Oreilles the Chippewa Indians carried over here on their trips to the south and west to gather rice and berries and on their war excursions against the Sioux.

Erected 1956
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number50
Year Placed1956
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 12:42pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 616865 N 5087878
Decimal Degrees45.93453333, -91.49251667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 56.072', W 91° 29.551'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 56' 4.32" N, 91° 29' 33.06" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8299 N Portage Terrace, Hayward WI 54843, US
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