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Manitowish Waters in Vilas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

River Rats & Peavey Men

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, December 25, 2012
1. River Rats & Peavey Men Marker
Inscription. Logger Language

Bateaux: Large canoes used by river crews (pictured above left).
Beat: A stretch of river worked by a crew.
Dry Roll: Moving logs stranded after flood waters have receded.
Peavey Men: Loggers who worked river drives using peaveys to move logs.
Sacking: Rolling logs stranded on sandbars or in sloughs.
Jerkwater: Coffee.
Rolling Stock: Donuts.

Tools of the Trade

Cant Hook: A long-handled swivel hook used to roll logs.
Stamp Hammer: A hammer used to “brand” logs with a lumber company’s symbol to show ownership.
Peavey: A cant hook with a sharp end.
Pike Pole: A nine-foot-long pole with a metal spike on the end used tor moving logs in water.

Time Line:

1847 Native Americans cede land to the government.
1865 Government survey of land completed.
1871 Land offered for sale by the government.
1887 Logging dams authorized. First Rest Lake Dam constructed.
1892 Rest Lake Dam water level raised to 9.5 feet: steamboat “Skidoo” built on Rest Lake to haul logs.
1903 Railroad comes to nearby Boulder Junction.
1907 State begins buying cut-over land from timber companies.
1911 First tree nursery established at Trout Lake.
1924 State legislature expands state
River Rats & Peavey Men Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 25, 2012
2. River Rats & Peavey Men Marker
forest ownership to 92,000 acres.
1925 Northern Highland Sate Forest named.
1931 Railroad service to Boulder Junction ends.
1933 Civilian Conservation Corps begins planting 11 million trees per year.
1944 First mechanical tree-planting machine used on Northern Highland.
1997 Rest Lake Dam comes up for re-licensing.
1998 Decision made that no license required.
2000 Chippewa Flambeau Improvement Co. asks town of Manitowish Waters to buy dam.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 46° 8.27′ N, 89° 53.096′ W. Marker is in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, in Vilas County. Marker can be reached from County Road W 0.6 miles north of U.S. 51, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Frank B. Koller Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 County Highway West, Manitowish Waters WI 54545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rest Lake Dam Story (here, next to this marker); Flambeau Trail – Manitowish (approx. 6.1 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage (approx. 8.5 miles away); Flambeau Trail – The Mercer Depot
Rest Lake image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 26, 2012
3. Rest Lake
(approx. 8.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 11 miles away); Lac du Flambeau (approx. 11.2 miles away); Government Boarding School Boys Dormitory (approx. 11.6 miles away); Pinery Road - The Legend (approx. 12.1 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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