The White Pine in Neillsville History Historical

The White Pine in Neillsville History Historical (HM1UHD)

Location: Neillsville, WI 54456 Clark County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 33.15', W 90° 36.374'

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Side ANeillsville has strong ties to the majestic white pine forests of the Wisconsin Territory. These forests along the Black River and its tributaries drew members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1841. Remembered today as the Mormon Loggers, they came for lumber to build their temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, 400 miles away. For four years they logged and created clearings for settlements along nearby streams, including one 2 miles south of here, named for Elijah Hanks Cunningham, a Mormon logger who drowned in that stream in the spring of 1843. Following the June 1844 assassination of their leader, Joseph Smith, the Mormon loggers began to leave. Most had left by the spring of 1845. Side B

In 1845, these same water highways, great trees and clearings attracted James O'Neill to what is now O'Neill Creek. By 1855, O'Neill had cleared 50 acres and platted four acres for a village. Logging pushed Neillsville's population from 250 people in 1860 to 2,104 by 1900. The nation's expanding need for lumber brought the railroad up to the Black River on the west in 1881 then into Neillsville in 1887, which also brought new industries. Factories and businesses sprang up. Downtown businesses and grand residences reflected the successes of the area. Many of these buildings and homes can still
be seen in Neillsville today, all because of the majestic white pine.
To learn more about Neillsville, please visit http://www.neillsville-wi.com/
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HM NumberHM1UHD
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Mormon Historical Sites Foundation and the Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 690129 N 4936028
Decimal Degrees44.55250000, -90.60623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 33.15', W 90° 36.374'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 33' 9" N, 90° 36' 22.44" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)715
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-10, Neillsville WI 54456, US
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