Stillwater in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Life at the Boom
Boom Site accommodations were much the same as at any logging camp. Men lived in cramped bunk shanties and ate for free at the cook house while working long hours.
In 1910, the Boom Site community consisted of six bunk shanties, washrooms, woodsheds, smith and carpentry shops, animal corrals, chicken coops, a two-story office building, and a large cook house. A cave located 30 feet below the cook house was used as a storage cellar for food supplies. An elevator shaft connected the two.
Lumber Camp Lingo
The men of the river had their own unique language. In the cookhouse you would have heard some strange sayings, such as:
Stove Lids or Flapjacks – Pancakes
Blackstrap – Syrup
Mulligan – Meat and Potato Stew
Sinker – Doughnut
From this office, thousands of river drivers were given "time checks" that were converted into cash at the St. Croix Boom Company's Stillwater office.
Erected by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 45° 5.103′ N, 92° 47.145′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Saint Croix Trail North (State Highway 95 at milepost 101). The marker is on the plaza at the south end of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater MN 55082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Controlling A River Of Logs (here, next to this marker); St. Croix Boom Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tamarack House (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Warden's House (approx. 1.9 miles away); St. Croix Lumber Mills / Stillwater Manufacturing Company (approx. 2 miles away); 1965 Easter Sunday Floodwater Crest (approx. 2.1 miles away); 114 North Main Street (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stillwater.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 24 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on March 16, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.