Neillsville in Clark County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The White Pine in Neillsville History
Neillsville has strong ties to the majestic white pine forests of the Wisconsin Territory. These forests along the Black River and its tributaries drew members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1841. Remembered today as the Mormon Loggers, they came for lumber to build their temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, 400 miles away. For four years they logged and created clearings for settlements along nearby streams, including one 2 miles south of here, named for Elijah Hanks Cunningham, a Mormon logger who drowned in that stream in the spring of 1843. Following the June 1844 assassination of their leader, Joseph Smith, the Mormon loggers began to leave. Most had left by the spring of 1845.
In 1845, these same water highways, great trees and clearings attracted James O’Neill to what is now O’Neill Creek. By 1855, O’Neill had cleared 50 acres and platted four acres for a village. Logging pushed Neillsville’s population from 250 people in 1860 to 2,104 by 1900. The nation’s expanding need for lumber brought the railroad up to the Black River on the west in 1881 then into Neillsville in 1887,
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Erected 2016 by The Mormon Historical Sites Foundation and the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 562.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
Location. 44° 33.15′ N, 90° 36.374′ W. Marker is in Neillsville, Wisconsin, in Clark County. Marker is on U.S. 10, half a mile west of Wisconsin Highway 73/95, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the parking lot of the Listeman Arboretum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Neillsville WI 54456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major General Clarence L. Sturdevant (approx. 0.7 miles away); Neillsville Post Office (approx. ¾ mile away); 1897 Clark County Jail (approx. 0.8 miles Dickinson-Hoesly House (approx. 0.8 miles away); 1919 Case Steam Engine (approx. 0.8 miles away); Neillsville Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Clark County Moraines (approx. 2.8 miles away); National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Neillsville.
Regarding The White Pine in Neillsville History. Marker assigned no. 560 by state historical society
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on November 9, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.