Marinette in Marinette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Menominee River became one of the most important lumbering rivers in the Upper Great Lakes during the years 1865 – 1895. Trees cut upstream were floated downriver and sawed into lumber on both sides of the river from this bridge down to the bay. During the summer months the river above this island was choked with logs; below, schooners and barges lay anchored while being loaded with finished lumber before sailing to Chicago. The decline of lumbering started in the 1890's, with the last log drive in 1917, and the last sawmill in Marinette closing on July 31, 1931.
This highway bridge continues to divide industrial and residential Marinette; downriver, foundries, factories and shipyards have replaced sawmills; upriver, impressive homes of lumbermen's families remain on Marinette's Riverside Avenue.
The Menominee River continues to be a vital waterway. Its
Location. 45° 6.119′ N, 87° 37.757′ W. Marker is in Marinette, Wisconsin, in Marinette County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street (U.S. 41) 0.1 miles north of Riverside Avenue (State Highway 180), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Stephenson Island Park. Marker is in this post office area: Marinette WI 54143, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 10,000 Board Feet of Logs (within shouting distance of this marker); Evancheck Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Isaac Stephenson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Queen Marinette (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bay de Nocquet Trail (approx. 0.4 Menominee Area (approx. 0.6 miles away in Michigan); Spies Public Library (approx. 1.2 miles away in Michigan); Menominee / Main Street Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away in Michigan). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marinette.
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1. Menominee River. "The name of the river comes from the name of an Algonquian language term meaning "wild rice," or "in the place of wild rice," named for the Menominee tribe who lived in the area and subsisted on the plant." (Submitted on February 8, 2009.)
2. Marinette, Wisconsin. The name "Marinette" is said to have come from the name of an early fur-trader's common-law wife, Marie Antoinette Chevalier, a French and Native American woman who ran a trading post located near the mouth of the Menominee River. (Submitted on February 8, 2009.)
3. Isaac Stephenson. Isaac Stephenson was an American politician of the Republican Party who represented Wisconsin as both a United States Representative and a United States Senator. Although Stephenson suffered heavy losses in the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, he recouped, and soon was one of the wealthiest lumbermen in the Great Lakes area. (Submitted on February 8, 2009.)
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