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The Booth Cooperage

 
 
The Booth Cooperage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, June 17, 2012
1. The Booth Cooperage Marker
Inscription.  At one time, a local fishery once encompassed this entire block. Early sailing vessels would bring their harvests here to be salt packed in barrels and shipped to market. Here in “The Cooperage,” one of the remaining buildings of that fishery, 5 skilled coopers assembled barrels around a huge open hearth. The coopers turned out a high quality, hand made barrel, that was said to hold a “150 pound pack of salt fish.”

Today, power driven fishing boats still land fish here in Bayfield, one of Wisconsin’s most famous fishing villages. Herring are still being salted annually, as it was done over 150 years ago.

National Register of Historic Places
1976
 
Erected 1976.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1976.
 
Location. 46° 48.744′ N, 90° 48.766′ W. Marker is in Bayfield, Wisconsin, in Bayfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Front Street, on the left when traveling east
The Booth Cooperage Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, June 17, 2012
2. The Booth Cooperage Building
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on Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Washington Ave, Bayfield WI 54814, 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. Bayfield Historic Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to Commercial Fishermen of Bayfield (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schooner Pretoria (approx. ¼ mile away); A Turning Point in Place and Time (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cultural Fire Returns to Stockton Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Madeline Island (approx. 2½ miles away); Early Vessels (approx. 2.9 miles away); La Pointe Indian Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bayfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 647 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 21, 2023