Marine on St. Croix in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Marine Mill Site
During the winter of 1839-40, the saw at Marine produced about 5,000 board feet of lumber a day. From this modest beginning, the much rebuilt and enlarged mill of the Walker, Judd and Veazie Lumber Company was by 1877 turning out two million board feet of lumber, 500,000 shingles, and 200,000 laths a year with an average daily work crew of fourteen men.
Financial depression, a huge log jam that prevented logs from reaching the mill, extensive tornado damage, and a low-water summer combined to cause the failure of the business in 1885. By 1895, after a few years of intermittent operation in the hands of other companies, the mill closed forever, and the extensive frame buildings were torn down. Only the ruins of the mill's enginehouse, which can be seen by following the path to the overlook, serve as reminder of Minnesota's magnificent pine forests and the profitable lumber industry that built the towns and cities of an expanding
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1985 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 11.869′ N, 92° 46.135′ W. Marker is in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is on Judd Street south of Maple Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marine on Saint Croix MN 55047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pineries are Gone (within shouting distance of this marker); Boom, Then Bust (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerhouse and Kiln (within shouting distance of this marker); Minnesota's First Commercial Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Technological Revolution (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marine (about 300 feet away); Early Settler's Cabin (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Marine (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marine on St. Croix.
Also see . . .
1. The City of Marine on St. Croix. "Once a busy river town with a population of 650 during the 1880's, Marine is now a community whose residents treasure the atmosphere of a friendly small town...." (Submitted on August 1, 2011.)
2. Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. "A substantial portion of the city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a historic site by the State of Minnesota." (Submitted on August 1, 2011.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 7. submitted on November 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.