Pepin in Pepin County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Anchor from the “Phil Scheckel”
Captain Scheckel was perhaps the best known pilot that ever put his hand to a wheel of a Chippewa River steamboat.
Erected 1963 by Mrs. Fred Millliren.
Location. 44° 26.545′ N, 92° 9.152′ W. Marker is in Pepin, Wisconsin, in Pepin County. Marker is on The Great River Road (State Highway 35) north of Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at Laura Ingalls Wilder Park, near the Pepin Depot Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 806 3rd Street, Pepin WI 54759, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Laura Ingalls Wilder (a few steps from this marker); The River of Rafts (approx. 3.2 miles away in Minnesota); Lake Pepin (approx. 3.2 miles away in Minnesota); a different marker also named Lake Pepin (approx. 3.2 miles away in Minnesota); Site of Fort St. Antoine A Very Old Fish Story (approx. 5.4 miles away in Minnesota); Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing (approx. 5.4 miles away in Minnesota); Louis McCahill Memorial Park (approx. 5½ miles away in Minnesota).
Also see . . . Phil Scheckel. "Not only did Phil Scheckel know the navigation of the Chippewa River probably better than any man, but he also invented ways of using brush to create wing dams, causing the Chippewa to "deepen" itself making travel easier. Scheckel also invented the "jinny pole" which allowed riverboats to pull themselves off sandbars if they ran aground." (Submitted on August 8, 2008.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,040 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.