Minnesota's First Commercial Sawmill

Minnesota's First Commercial Sawmill (HMYW1)

Location: Marine on St Croix, MN 55047 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 11.839', W 92° 46.122'

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Sawmilling began here on August 24, 1839, when the Marine Lumber Company cut its first pine log.
In the autumn of 1838 two lumbermen from Marine, Illinois, David Hone and Lewis Judd, arrived in the St. Croix River valley, attracted by it's abundant resources of white pine. They selected this site, then known as Fall River, to build a sawmill and named it after their hometown. Lumber was floated down the St. Croix River and then shipped by rail west to the prairies. It was used to build towns and cities, and it enabled settlers who had been living in sod houses to erect wood-frame homes. For more than five decades, St. Croix pine lumber supported the burgeoning economy of Minnesota.

[map] Bird's-eye-view of milling operation, 1888, under the ownership of the Anderson and O'Brien Company.
1 Sawmill · 2 Planing mill · 3 Lumber piles · 4 St. Croix River · 5 Blackstone Hotel · 6 Marine Lumber Company store · 7 Powerhouse · 8 Covered mill stream · 9 Millpond · 10 Judd Street · 11 Burkleo/Berkey House · 12 Village Hall
Minnesota Historical Society
Marine Mill
HM NumberHMYW1
Placed ByMinnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 11:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 518167 N 5004896
Decimal Degrees45.19731667, -92.76870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 11.839', W 92° 46.122'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 11' 50.34" N, 92° 46' 7.32" W
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Area Code(s)651
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Judd St, Marine on St Croix MN 55047, US
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