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Wells in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lumberjacks

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
1. Lumberjacks Marker
Inscription.  The first white settler in Delta County was Louis A. Roberts, a fur trader who settled just upstream from here at Flat Rock in 1830 and later operated a waterpowered sawmill on the Whitefish River. The first buildings in Escanaba were log structures built on the shore of Little Bay de Noc in 1852 at the Municipal dock site in downtown Escanaba across from the House of Ludington Hotel. These buildings housed lumberjacks who cut pine throughout the site of present-day Escanaba. There was no harder physical work than felling the virgin pine, some of which were 4 to 5 feet in diameter. Because of this demanding physical work, lumberjacks consumed up to 9,000 calories of food per day. It was no wonder that the logging camp cook was second in importance to only the camp foreman.
 
Location. 45° 47.874′ N, 87° 4.632′ W. Marker is in Wells, Michigan, in Delta County. Marker can be reached from Mead Road north of US Highway 2/US Highway 41/Michigan Highway 35. Marker is on a nature/historical trail behind the parking lot at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Escanaba
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By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
2. Lumberjacks Marker
Forest Management Unit. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6833 Hwy 2, 41 & M-35, Wells MI 49894, 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. River Drives (a few steps from this marker); Isaac Stephenson (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterpowered Sawmills (within shouting distance of this marker); Forest Management (within shouting distance of this marker); Bill Bonifas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Escanaba River (about 300 feet away); First Public Schoolhouse in Escanaba (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ludington Hotel (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wells.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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