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Near Chetek in Barron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pine Was King

 
 
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By Keith L, July 21, 2011
1. Pine Was King Marker
Inscription. Vast forests of virgin white pine were the treasure which brought the first wave of white settlers to Northern Wisconsin. The farms came later, but for half a century the forests were local history.

In 1847, the Knapp, Stout & Co. purchased thousands of acres of pinelands from the Government for $1.25 per acre. In 1848 they began logging operations in Barron County and by 1870 the company was said to be the greatest lumber corporation in the world and the undisputed lord of the thousands of square miles comprising the Red Cedar Valley.

In 1901 the Knapp, Stout & Co. mills became silent as the white pine of the area was gone and the denudation of the area was regrettably complete.

Today Barron County ranks high in the state in forestry, but agriculture comprises the main industry of the area.

Erected 1976

 
Erected 1976 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 218.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 17.029′ N, 91° 38.227′ W. Marker is near Chetek, Wisconsin, in Barron County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 53 at milepost 125, 6.4
Pine Was King Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
2. Pine Was King Marker
miles north of County Highway M, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at northbound Rest Area 34. Marker is in this post office area: Chetek WI 54728, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cartwright Mill (approx. 6.6 miles away); First Congregational United Church of Christ (approx. 14.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Knapp, Stout & Co. (Submitted on July 26, 2011.)
2. Knapp-Stout & Co. Photo archive. (Submitted on July 26, 2011.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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