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Mercer in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam

Iron County Heritage Area

 
 
Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
1. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam Marker
Inscription.  The Turtle Flambeau Flowage was born in 1926, when the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built a dam on the Flambeau River, downstream from its confluence with the Turtle River improving its usefulness for power-generating and papermaking downstream. After the dam’s construction, the water rose gradually for several years, until settling into roughly its current footprint in the early 1930s. Most of the land surrounding the Flowage was owned by the Improvement Company until 1991, when it was purchased by the State of Wisconsin. Until 1931, there were no roads between Mercer and this side of the Flowage making business nearly impossible for the resorts. Those that had been on lakes prior to the creation of the flowage were drowned out of existence.

Despite these hardships, local people continued to live and work in this area. Many worked for the Roddis Logging Company, which cut hardwood in the area north and west of the Flowage. They used an extensive Railroad system developed to transport timber out of the forest until 1938.

Many residents also gained experience fishing in the Flowage, which boasted a spawning ground
Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
2. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam Marker
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near the dam. Some would use their experience to work as guides and resort proprietors, creating new business opportunities.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 46° 4.408′ N, 90° 14.332′ W. Marker is in Mercer, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from Turtle Flambeau Dam Road half a mile east of County Route FF, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Turtle Flambeau Dam Road Boat Ramp and Picnic Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Butternut WI 54514, 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. Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (approx. 1.6 miles away); Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (approx. 1.7 miles away); Roddis Line – Life in Camp (approx. 1.7 miles away); Roddis Line – Early Logging (approx.
Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
3. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam Marker
1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (approx. 1.7 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Two Ways to Go (approx. 6˝ 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 September 14, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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