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

The Holcombe Indian

 
 
The Holcombe Indian Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
1. The Holcombe Indian Marker
Inscription. The Holcombe Indian was known to river men along the Chippewa since 1876. Called the King of the Chippewa River, he stood guard on the old Holcombe (Little Falls) Dam and was a most welcome site to lumberjacks driving their logs down the river to be sawed into lumber at the local mill, or held and sluiced through the log-way in the dam to be cut at the big mills at Chippewa Falls or Eau Claire.

The Indian brave was created by Luke Lyons using an axe, drawshave and a pocket knife. Lyons, a former sailor, was a straw boss employed by the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company. He carved the Indian straight, impressive, and nearly eight feet tall from a carefully selected white pine log cut by Jene Juvette near Pine Lake, just north of Holcombe.

During a flood in 1881, the Holcombe Indian was dislodged from his place on the dam and over the falls and rapids he went, down the river all the way to Jim Falls where he was rescued. He was repaired and returned to the Holcombe Dam site where he remained until the dam was abandoned and a new modern hydroelectric power plant was built.

As a symbol through the years, the brave has been the guardian spirit of loggers and of the mighty Chippewa River.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #3

 
Erected by
The Holcombe Indian and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
2. The Holcombe Indian and Marker
[marker at left]
the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 45° 13.368′ N, 91° 7.07′ W. Marker is in Holcombe, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on 275th Street (Main Street) near 262nd Avenue (Spooner Avenue), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Holcombe Town Hall Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26179 275th Street, Holcombe WI 54745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holcombe Logging Disaster (here, next to this marker); Jean Brunet (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pulpwood Stacker (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ezra Cornell (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cornell Pulpwood Stacker (approx. 4.4 miles away); Cornell Women's Club Tablet (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Cobban Bridge (approx. 9.2 miles away); Bohemian National Cemetery (approx. 12.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. McMillan Library. Lumbermen on the Chippewa; Brave on the Bridge. Story, and photos taken between 1885 and 1910 of the Indian Brave at Little Falls Dam. (Submitted on August 2, 2011.) 

2. Our Story. Holcombe Indian. " Lyons forfeited what then might have been a day's wages (one dollar) and spent many months scraping, carving and whittling the big log down to size before the chesty Indian evolved." (Submitted on August 2, 2011.) 

3. History Of Lake Holcombe. (Submitted on August 2, 2011.)
 
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The Holcombe Indian Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
3. The Holcombe Indian Marker
Holcombe Town Hall Park
The Holcombe Indian Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 21, 2011
4. The Holcombe Indian Plaque
On April 23, 1885, Luke Lyons found a pine log to carve this Indian - a symbol of this area of Wisconsin. With two yoke of four oxen Lyons and Eugene JuVette dragged it to the Holcombe dam site. Using an axe, drawshave and a pocket knife, Lyons created this creditable likeness of an Indian brave. As a symbol through the years, this brave has been the guardian spirit of loggers and of the Chippewa River.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 705 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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