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Near Lynxville in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rafting on the Mississippi

 
 
Rafting on the Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. Rafting on the Mississippi Marker
Inscription. After 1837 the vast timber resources of northern Wisconsin were eagerly sought by settlers moving into the mid-Mississippi valley. By 1847 there were more than thirty saw-mills on the Wisconsin, Chippewa, and St. Croix river systems, cutting largely Wisconsin white pine.

During long winter months, logging crews felled and stacked logs on the frozen rivers. Spring thaws flushed the logs down the streams toward the Mississippi River. Here logs were caught, sorted, scaled and rafted. Between 1837 and 1901 more than forty million board feet of logs floated down the Great River to saw-mills.

The largest log raft on the Mississippi was assembled at Lynxville in 1896. It was 270 feet wide and 1550 long, containing two and one-fourth million board feet of lumber.

The largest lumber raft on the river originated on Lake St. Croix in 1901. Somewhat smaller in size, 270 feet wide and 1450 feet long, it carried more lumber, nine million board feet. The last rafting of lumber on the Mississippi came in 1915, ending a rich, exciting and colorful era in the history of Wisconsin and the Great River.
 
Erected 1965 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 149.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker
Rafting on the Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
2. Rafting on the Mississippi Marker
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Location. 43° 13.565′ N, 91° 4.554′ W. Marker is near Lynxville, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is on Great River Road (State Highway 35) 1.4 miles south of County Highway F, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Lynxville WI 54640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Patrick Joseph Lucey (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Mystery of the Mounds (approx. 11.1 miles away in Iowa); L'ancien Cimetiere Francais (approx. 11.4 miles away); Old Military Trail (approx. 12.3 miles away in Iowa); War of 1812 (approx. 12.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.4 miles away); Villa Louis (approx. 12.4 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Villa Louis (approx. 12.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Timber rafting. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 19, 2009.) 

2. Rafts. Steamboat Times article. (Submitted on October 19, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Rafting on the Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
3. Rafting on the Mississippi Marker
View of Mississippi River from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
4. View of Mississippi River from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,250 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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