Roddis Line – Lake of the Falls
Iron County Heritage Area
Spring, when the rivers were highest, was log driving time. Dams were constructed on the Turtle River here, at the Lake of the Falls, and upstream at Shea’s Dam to provide the flush of water needed to push the logs downstream.
The colorful pinery days were intense, but short. By 1906 the last stands of white pine had been cut.
The valuable virgin hardwood timber that remained offered a bigger challenge – it did not float like pine. The Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company solved the problem as early as 1903 by creating a “logging railroad” extending into the timberlands west of Lake of the Falls.
By mid-1920’s the “Roddis Line” railroad had spread like branches on a tree connecting 15 logging company camps to the mainline track. Timber continued to flow, by rail instead of water, to sawmills. Dwindling supplies of wood and the Great Depression forced the Roddis
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 46° 8.994′ N, 90° 9.629′ W. Marker is in Mercer, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from County Route FF, 4 miles west of U.S. 51. Marker is located in Lake of the Falls County Park near the boat launch. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mercer WI 54547, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flambeau Trail – Two Ways to Go (within shouting distance of this marker); Flambeau Trail – The Mercer Depot (approx. 4.8 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage (approx. 5.4 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Continental Divide (approx. 5.6 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam (approx. 6˝ miles away); Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam (approx. 6˝ miles away); Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (approx. 7.1 miles away); Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mercer.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 685 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on August 31, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.