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

Chippewa River & Menomonie Railway

“Crooked, Rough and Muddy”

 
 
Chippewa River & Menomonie Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
1. Chippewa River & Menomonie Railway Marker
Inscription. During the middle 1870's, when the great logging era of Northern Wisconsin was in its infancy, the Mississippi River Logging Company attempted to float pine logs down the Soft Maple and Potato Creeks to the Chippewa River but the streams were too shallow and crooked. To solve the problem the first logging railroad in Wisconsin was constructed in 1875-76 from Potato Lake to the Big Bend of the Chippewa River with a later extension northward. The town road which can be seen to the immediate west of this site follows that railroad grade. Sleds pulled by horses carried the locomotive, cars, and tracks overland from Chippewa Falls. In July 1884 this railroad and a subsequent line constructed through the Blue Hills were formally organized as the Chippewa River and Menomonie Railway Company.

Erected 1959

 
Erected 1959 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 90.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 25.185′ N, 91° 24.977′ W. Marker is in Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, in Rusk County. Marker is on U.S. 8 0.1 miles west of County Road F, on the left when traveling west. Click for map
Chippewa River & Menomonie Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
2. Chippewa River & Menomonie Railway Marker
. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Weyerhaeuser WI 54895, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Apollonia (approx. 5.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Weyerhaeuser, Frederick. Wisconsin Historical Society. (Submitted on July 28, 2011.) 

2. Friedrich Weyerhäuser. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 28, 2011.) 
 
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View from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
3. View from Marker
Historic Road, the road to the immediate west as mentioned in the marker text, can be seen.
Historic Road image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
4. Historic Road
The road mentioned in the marker text that follows the railroad grade.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 364 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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