“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marine on St. Croix in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Pineries are Gone

The Pineries are Gone Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 23, 2011
1. The Pineries are Gone Marker
A Great Pine Forest
The St. Croix River valley's sandy loam soil is ideal for growing pine. In the 19th century its forests were filled with white pines. Many of them were two to three hundred years old, four to five feet in diameter, and stood up to two hundred feet tall. These trees were strong, lightweight, resistant to decay from pests and rot, and easy to cut. They furnished the growing Midwest with abundant, cheap lumber for shelter, furniture, fences, and much more.

Restoring a Forest
The Woodland Stewardship Plan 2000, a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society, the City of Marine on St. Croix, and the Forestry Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is working to return this site to the appearance it probably had before the first sawmill was built. Beginning in the winter of 2001, non-native trees such as European buckthorn and black locust were removed and replaced with native species such as white pine and sugar maple.

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Marine Mill

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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2000.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 45° 11.872′ N, 92° 46.102′ W. Marker was in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker could be reached from Judd Street south of Maple Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Marine on Saint Croix MN 55047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Marine Mill Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Marine on St. Croix (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (about 300 feet away); Early Settler's Cabin (about 400 feet away); Marine (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Marine (about 500 feet away); The Marine Township Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Lake Alice (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marine on St. Croix.
More about this marker. [photo captions]
• What this area
The Pineries are Gone Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 23, 2011
2. The Pineries are Gone Marker
[foreground, left side of the trail]
may have looked like before lumbering. David Geister rendering (2001), Minnesota Historical Society
• A boy viewing a pine slashing area, 1900, Minnesota Historical Society
Also see . . .  Minnesota Historical Society. Marine Mill. "Perched on the bluff of the St. Croix River, on a six-acre plot lie remnants of a booming industry long past. In the autumn of 1838 Illinois lumbermen David Hone and Lewis Judd arrived in the St. Croix River valley. Attracted by the area's abundant white pine, they selected this site to build a sawmill and named it after their hometown, Marine, Illinois." (Submitted on May 2, 2012.) 
Additional keywords. National Register of Historic Places #70000311
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2024. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 532 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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