Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Land O' Lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lac Vieux Desert

 
 
Lac Vieux Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
1. Lac Vieux Desert Marker
Inscription. Here rises the Wisconsin River. Many feet have trod this spot in many kinds of shoes from moccasins of French traders and Indians, boots of loggers, early settlers and the Army to sport shoes of today's tourists. This procession began before the first map of this lake was published in Paris in 1718. Jean Baptiste Perrault wintered here in 1791. Capt. Thomas Cram, Surveyor, parleyed with Chief Ca-sha-o-sha in 1840. In the 1850's Drapers built the first white settler cabin. Leonard Thomas married Draper's daughter and in 1884 built the first summer resort. In 1860 the Wausau-Ontonagon road crossed here, joined later by the Military road from Green Bay. Indian trails, canoe and mail routes, log drives and oxen hooves marked this spot the hub of pioneer activity. Known as Kat-ik-it-i-gon and Old Planting Ground, the French name of Lac Vieux Desert is accepted for this beautifull body of water.

Erected 1960

 
Erected 1960 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 94.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 7.289′ N, 89° 9.144′ W. Marker is near Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin
Lac Vieux Desert Marker, Dam, and River image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
2. Lac Vieux Desert Marker, Dam, and River
, in Vilas County. Marker can be reached from West Shore Road 0.3 miles north of County Highway E. Touch for map. Marker is located approximately 200 yards east of a small parking area that is along the road. Marker is in this post office area: Land O Lakes WI 54540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thirty-Second Division Memorial Highway (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wisconsin River Headwaters (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wendy Lansbach Boglioli (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin River Centennial Trail Map. Map of Lac View Desert Dam to River Road. (Submitted on September 19, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Lac Vieux Desert Dam / Wisconsin River image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
3. Lac Vieux Desert Dam / Wisconsin River
Wisconsin River mile marker reads "Mile 000."
Lac Vieux Desert by the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
4. Lac Vieux Desert by the Marker
Looking northeast towards Michigan.
Pedestrian Bridge to Lac Vieux Desert Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
5. Pedestrian Bridge to Lac Vieux Desert Marker
The sign reads "Path to historical marker at source of the Wisconsin River." Flow direction is from right to left.
Downstream from Pedestrian Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
6. Downstream from Pedestrian Bridge
The river runs through culverts under West Shore Road.
Sign along West Shore Road image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
7. Sign along West Shore Road
Nicolet National Forest Campground Lac Vieux Desert U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Paid Advertisement