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Marine on St. Croix in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Marine Mill Site

 
 
Marine Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 23, 2011
1. Marine Mill Site Marker
[east side of marker]
Inscription. One of Minnesota's first major industries was born here on August 24, 1839, when the slow, cumbersome up-and-down saw of the Marine Lumber Company cut the first commercial lumber in the state from trees felled in the rich white pine forests of the St. Croix Valley. The mill was built by a group of settlers from Marine, Illinois, at a site selected a year earlier by David Hone and Lewis S. Judd.

During the winter of 1839-40, the saw at Marine produced about 5,000 board feet of lumber a day. From this modest beginning, the much rebuilt and enlarged mill of the Walker, Judd and Veazie Lumber Company was by 1877 turning out two million board feet of lumber, 500,000 shingles, and 200,000 laths a year with an average daily work crew of fourteen men.

Financial depression, a huge log jam that prevented logs from reaching the mill, extensive tornado damage, and a low-water summer combined to cause the failure of the business in 1885. By 1895, after a few years of intermittent operation in the hands of other companies, the mill closed forever, and the extensive frame buildings were torn down. Only the ruins of the mill's enginehouse, which can be seen by following the path to the overlook, serve as reminder of Minnesota's magnificent pine forests and the profitable lumber industry that built the towns and cities of an expanding
Marine Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 23, 2011
2. Marine Mill Site Marker
[west side of marker with duplicate text]
nineteenth-century mid-America.

[Seal of The Minnesota Historical Society]
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
1985

 
Erected 1985 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 11.869′ N, 92° 46.135′ W. Marker is in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is on Judd Street south of Maple Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marine on Saint Croix MN 55047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pineries are Gone (within shouting distance of this marker); Boom, Then Bust (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerhouse and Kiln (within shouting distance of this marker); Minnesota's First Commercial Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Technological Revolution (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marine (about 300 feet away); Early Settler's Cabin (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Marine (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Marine on St. Croix.
 
Also see . . .
Marine Mill Site and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 23, 2011
3. Marine Mill Site and Marker
1. The City of Marine on St. Croix. "Once a busy river town with a population of 650 during the 1880's, Marine is now a community whose residents treasure the atmosphere of a friendly small town...." (Submitted on August 1, 2011.) 

2. Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. "A substantial portion of the city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a historic site by the State of Minnesota." (Submitted on August 1, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Marine Mill Site image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 23, 2011
4. Marine Mill Site
Walker, Judd & Veazie Mill
National Register of Historic Places #70000311
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 23, 2011
5. Nearby Sign
Clues to the Past
Archaeological and historic sites hold clues to understanding Minnesota's past. Minnesota law protects archaeological and historic sites. Please help preserve these traces of our state's history by staying on the marked trail and respecting what you find here. Walking on non-authorized paths will cause further erosion of and damage to the mill site.
[photo caption] Minnesota Field Archaeology Act sign, Minnesota Historical Society
St. Croix River image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 23, 2011
6. St. Croix River
Near the east end of Maple Street, looking downriver.
Wisconsin is in the distance.
Photo on Marine Mill Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
7. Photo on Marine Mill Site Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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