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Near Mercer in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company

Iron County Heritage Area

 
 
Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
1. Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company Marker
Inscription. In 1925, the Roddis company contracted with Carl Nelson, a jobber, to run the camps. Between 1925 and 1930, he chose the camp sites, bought supplies and delivered timber to the log landings.

From 1930 until the company abandoned logging in 1938, the Roddis Company again ran the camps. In 1938, the company woods operation closed permanently, ending the era of railroad logging in Iron County.

Nelson introduced year-round logging and operated at least three camps each year, with crews of over 400 men and 35 teams of horses in the woods.
 
Location. 46° 4.914′ N, 90° 16.26′ W. Marker is near Mercer, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is on County Route FF half a mile north of Turtle Flambeau Dam Poad, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Butternut WI 54514, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Roddis Line – Nelson Camp 1 (1925-1930) (here, next to this marker); Roddis Line – Life in Camp (here, next to this marker); Roddis Line – Early Logging
Left Hand Photo: Carl Nelson and a loaded train image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
2. Left Hand Photo: Carl Nelson and a loaded train
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (here, next to this marker); Flambeau Trail – Turtle Flambeau Flowage Dam (approx. 1.6 miles away); Roddis Line – Turtle-Flambeau Dam (approx. 1.8 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Two Ways to Go (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mercer.
 
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Upper Right Photo: Sawyers image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
3. Upper Right Photo: Sawyers
Lower Right Photo: Abandoning Camp image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
4. Lower Right Photo: Abandoning Camp
Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 14, 2012
5. Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company Marker
Marker is on a six-sided kiosk with five other adjoining markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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