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Marinette in Marinette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Menominee River

 
 
Menominee River Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
1. Menominee River Marker
Inscription. This river is named after the Menominees who lived here until they moved to the Wolf River in the 1850's. The Menominee River served as the main artery of commerce until the 1850's. Indians and fur traders moved their furs downriver in canoes to a fur trading post on the river run by Marinette, a French Indian woman, and her partner, William Farnsworth. The decline of the fur trade in the late 1820's led Farnsworth to turn to lumbering in 1831.

The Menominee River became one of the most important lumbering rivers in the Upper Great Lakes during the years 1865 – 1895. Trees cut upstream were floated downriver and sawed into lumber on both sides of the river from this bridge down to the bay. During the summer months the river above this island was choked with logs; below, schooners and barges lay anchored while being loaded with finished lumber before sailing to Chicago. The decline of lumbering started in the 1890's, with the last log drive in 1917, and the last sawmill in Marinette closing on July 31, 1931.

This highway bridge continues to divide industrial and residential Marinette; downriver, foundries, factories and shipyards have replaced sawmills; upriver, impressive homes of lumbermen's families remain on Marinette's Riverside Avenue.

The Menominee River continues to be a vital waterway. Its
Menominee River Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
2. Menominee River Marker
source is only 12 miles from Lake Superior. The Menominee is formed by the confluence of the Brule and Michigamme Rivers a little over 100 miles upstream. Before the Menominee reaches this island it falls nearly 700 feet. Ten hydroelectric dams (two in Marinette) harness its power and create reservoirs, and four papermills draw on its water in converting wood into a variety of household necessities. Many of its tributaries and parts of the Menominee remain wild and continue to flow untamed.
 
Location. 45° 6.119′ N, 87° 37.757′ W. Marker is in Marinette, Wisconsin, in Marinette County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street (U.S. 41) 0.1 miles north of Riverside Avenue (State Highway 180), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Stephenson Island Park. Marker is in this post office area: Marinette WI 54143, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 10,000 Board Feet of Logs (within shouting distance of this marker); Evancheck Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Isaac Stephenson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Queen Marinette (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bay de Nocquet Trail (approx. 0.4
Interstate Bridge on the Menominee River Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
3. Interstate Bridge on the Menominee River
Looking towards Menominee, Michigan from Stephenson Island Park, Marinette, Wisconsin.
miles away in Michigan); Menominee Area (approx. 0.6 miles away in Michigan); Spies Public Library (approx. 1.2 miles away in Michigan); Menominee / Main Street Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away in Michigan). Click for a list of all markers in Marinette.
 
Also see . . .
1. Menominee River. "The name of the river comes from the name of an Algonquian language term meaning "wild rice," or "in the place of wild rice," named for the Menominee tribe who lived in the area and subsisted on the plant." (Submitted on February 8, 2009.) 

2. Marinette, Wisconsin. The name "Marinette" is said to have come from the name of an early fur-trader's common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier, a French and Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River. (Submitted on February 8, 2009.) 

3. Isaac Stephenson. Isaac Stephenson was an American politician of the Republican Party who represented Wisconsin as both a United States Representative and a United States Senator. Although Stephenson suffered heavy losses in the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, he recouped, and soon was one of the wealthiest lumbermen in the Great Lakes area. (Submitted on February 8, 2009.)
Nearby Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
4. Nearby Plaque
In grateful tribute to those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and thereafter.
Roger Dobbins Twin City Amvets Post 6
 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Nearby Statue Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
5. Nearby Statue
In memory of the Soldier Dead of Marinette County.
Presented to the City of Marinette by Isaac Stephenson, May 30th, 1917
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,388 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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