“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marinette in Marinette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Menominee River

Menominee River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2008
1. Menominee River Marker
Inscription.  This river is named after the Menominees who lived here until they moved to the Wolf River in the 1850's. The Menominee River served as the main artery of commerce until the 1850's. Indians and fur traders moved their furs downriver in canoes to a fur trading post on the river run by Marinette, a French Indian woman and her partner, William Farnsworth. The decline of the fur trade in the late 1820's led Farnsworth to turn to lumbering in 1831.

The Menominee River became one of the most important lumbering rivers in the Upper Great Lakes during the years 1865–1895. Trees cut upstream were floated downriver and sawed into lumber on both sides of the river from this bridge down to the bay. During the summer months the river above this island was choked with logs; below, schooners and barges lay anchored while being loaded with finished lumber before sailing to Chicago. The decline of lumbering started in the 1890's, with the last log drive in 1917, and the last sawmill in Marinette closing on July 31, 1931.

This highway bridge continues to divide industrial and residential Marinette; downriver, foundries, factories
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and shipyards have replaced sawmills; upriver, impressive homes of lumbermen's families remain on Marinette's Riverside Avenue.

The Menominee River continues to be a vital waterway. Its source is only 12 miles from Lake Superior. The Menominee is formed by the confluence of the Brule and Michigamme Rivers a little over 100 miles upstream. Before the Menominee reaches this island it falls nearly 700 feet. Ten hydroelectric dams (two in Marinette) harness its power and create reservoirs, and four papermills draw on its water in converting wood into a variety of household necessities. Many of its tributaries and parts of the Menominee remain wild and continue to flow untamed.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1862.
Location. 45° 6.119′ N, 87° 37.757′ W. Marker is in Marinette, Wisconsin, in Marinette County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street (U.S. 41) 0.1 miles north of Riverside Avenue (State Highway 180), on the left when traveling north. Marker is in Stephenson Island Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marinette WI 54143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 10,000 Board Feet of Logs (within shouting distance of this marker); Evancheck Cabin
Menominee River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2008
2. Menominee River Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hubley (about 600 feet away); Isaac Stephenson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Queen Marinette (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bay de Nocquet Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away in Michigan); Milwaukee Road Depot (approx. half a mile away); Menominee Area (approx. 0.6 miles away in Michigan). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marinette.
Also see . . .
1. Menominee River. "The name of the river comes from the name of an Algonquian language term meaning "wild rice," or "in the place of wild rice," named for the Menominee tribe who lived in the area and subsisted on the plant." (Submitted on February 8, 2009.) 

2. Marinette, Wisconsin. The name "Marinette" is said to have come from the name of an early fur-trader's common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier, a French and Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River. (Submitted on February 8, 2009.) 

3. Isaac Stephenson. Isaac Stephenson was an American politician of the Republican Party who represented Wisconsin as both a United States
Interstate Bridge on the Menominee River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2008
3. Interstate Bridge on the Menominee River
Looking towards Menominee, Michigan from Stephenson Island Park, Marinette, Wisconsin.
Representative and a United States Senator. Although Stephenson suffered heavy losses in the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, he recouped, and soon was one of the wealthiest lumbermen in the Great Lakes area. (Submitted on February 8, 2009.) 
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2008
4. Nearby Plaque
In grateful tribute to those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and thereafter.
Roger Dobbins Twin City Amvets Post 6
Nearby Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 17, 2008
5. Nearby Statue
In memory of the Soldier Dead of Marinette County.
Presented to the City of Marinette by Isaac Stephenson, May 30th, 1917
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,783 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 8, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 30, 2023