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Mercer in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam

Iron County Heritage Area

 
 
Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
1. Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker
Inscription. In 1925, the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company began construction on a dam to create a water reservoir for hydroelectric power, where the Turtle, Manitowish, and Flambeau rivers join.

The Roddis company owned land in the area, which would be flooded when the reservoir was filled. In 1923, Roddis laid a second main railroad line running east and placed Camp 8 as headquarters. Nelson camps from 1925 to 1927 were placed to harvest timber in and close to the new reservoir.

In 1925, Roddis also contracted with the improvement company to move fill to the dam site. The rail line to Camp 8 was extended another two miles east. Camp 8 was the headquarters camp for this operation. The dam was completed in 1926, and timber operations in the area were closed in 1927 when the reservoir was filled and timber removed.
 
Location. 46° 4.327′ N, 90° 14.209′ W. Marker is in Mercer, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is on Turtle Flambeau Dam Road half a mile east of County Route FF, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the dam levee just west of the dam. Marker is in this post office area: Butternut WI 54514, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam
Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
2. Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker
Left hand picture: Moving fill for dam
(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (approx. 1.8 miles away); Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (approx. 1.8 miles away); Roddis Line – Life in Camp (approx. 1.8 miles away); Roddis Line – Early Logging (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (approx. 1.8 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Two Ways to Go (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mercer.
 
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Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
3. Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker
Right hand picture: Turtle-Flambeau dam
Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
4. Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker
Looking west along Turtle Flabeau Dam Road.
Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
5. Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam Marker
Looking east along the levee.
Turtle-Flambeau Flowage image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
6. Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
Flowage behind the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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