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Near Lac du Flambeau in Vilas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lac du Flambeau

 
 
Lac du Flambeau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
1. Lac du Flambeau Marker
Inscription. Lac du Flambeau (Lake of Torches) has been a permanent settlement of the Chippewa Indian Nation since about 1745, when Chief Sharpened Stone led his band to this lake. Nearby lakes furnished a fine setting for Indian life, with wild rice in season and plentiful fish which were taken at night by the light of flaming torches, hence the name "Flambeau." The tribe was loyal to the American colonies, never taking sides with the British or French, and fought with the Union forces in the Civil War. Old Abe, American Eagle mascot of the Eighth Wisconsin in the Civil War, was captured a few miles below this point by a Flambeau Indian. In 1792 the Northwest Fur Trading Co. established the Lac du Flambeau department for the Wisconsin River area trade. Forts and posts remained on this shore for about fifty years.
 
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 58.644′ N, 89° 54.827′ W. Marker is near Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, in Vilas County. Marker is on State Highway 47 south of Cemetery Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at
Lac du Flambeau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
2. Lac du Flambeau Marker
a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Lac du Flambeau WI 54538, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. mile away); Government Boarding School Boys Dormitory (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pinery Road - The Legend (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Rest Lake Dam Story (approx. 11.2 miles away); River Rats & Peavey Men (approx. 11.2 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Manitowish (approx. 11.7 miles away); Flambeau Trail – The Mercer Depot (approx. 14.9 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage (approx. 15.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lac du Flambeau.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. Chamber of Commerce website. (Submitted on September 21, 2010.) 

2. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 21, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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