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A Turning Point in Place and Time Marker image, Touch for more information
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 25, 2016
A Turning Point in Place and Time Marker
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Bayfield — A Turning Point in Place and Time
You are standing at the “turning Point” for the Bayfield Waterfront Walk and across the water is a place of significance where “turning points” in history occurred. Madeline Island, or “Mooningwanekaaning Minis,” . . . — Map (db m98243) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Bayfield — Bayfield Historic WaterfrontEastern Waterfront / Ferry Dock — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Bayfield’s history has been powerfully shaped by its location. Situated on the shores of a deep, natural harbor, the city is sheltered from Lake Superior’s notorious storms by the outlying Apostle Islands. Lighthouses, shipwrecks, and a historic . . . — Map (db m57835) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Bayfield — Memorial to Commercial Fishermen of BayfieldPast—Present—Future
Dedicated in 1981 to the hard working commercial fishermen whose indomitable spirits will not be forgotten. Commissioned by Edwin Erickson, Mayor of Bayfield, 1970-1976 & 1980-1988 Designed by Harold Kerr (1909-1981) Constructed by . . . — Map (db m57811) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Bayfield — Schooner PretoriaHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places In the waters off Outer Island lies the wreck of the Pretoria, one of the largest wooden vessels ever to sail the Great lakes. On September 1, 1905, Captain Charles Smart and nine crew . . . — Map (db m98244) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Bayfield — The Booth Cooperage
At one time, a local fishery once encompassed this entire block. Early sailing vessels would bring their harvests here to be salt packed in barrels and shipped to market. Here in “The Cooperage,” one of the remaining buildings of that . . . — Map (db m57810) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Cornucopia — 28 — Tragedy of The Siskiwit
Once upon a time, according to an old Indian legend, the sand beach on the east side of this bay was a favorite camping ground. One spring a few lodges of Chippewa from La Pointe encamped here. When their chief, Bi-aus-wah, returned from the hunt, . . . — Map (db m30843) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Herbster — 522 — "The Gym"
When the community sought funding for a new gymnasium and town hall, they looked to the Work Progress Administration, a depression-era program, which utilized local materials and labor to create jobs for unemployed workers. Architect Roland C. Buck . . . — Map (db m36553) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Port Wing — 145 — School Consolidation
As the 20th century began, logging operations were in full swing in this area and the small log schoolhouses could not handle the increasing number of students. Some classes were held in churches but additional facilities were needed. T.N. . . . — Map (db m30845) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Town of Russell — Hokenson Brothers Fishery
Harvesting the Waters In 1927, the Hokenson brothers (Leo, Roy, and Eskel) began life as fishermen. For more than 30 years, they met the challenges of fishing the largest lake in the world, relying on their skills, strength, and . . . — Map (db m46908) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Town of Russell — Steamer SevonaHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Type: Steel, bulk and package freighter Built: 1890, Frank W. Wheeler, Bay City, Mich. Sank: September 2, 1905 Length: 372’ Beam: 41’ Cargo: Iron ore Propulsion: Propeller Depth of Wreckage: 25’ Lives Lost: 7 Listed on the . . . — Map (db m46907) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — Bank of Washburn1890
The Bank of Washburn is a unique variation of the Romanesque Revival Style designed by architects Conover & Porter of Ashland, Wisconsin. Built in less than one year, the building was fashioned from brownstone quarried at Houghton Point located . . . — Map (db m48439) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — 49 — Madeline Island
To the east is Madeline Island, known to the Ojibway as Moning-wunakauning, “The Home of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker.” The French soldier Pierre le Sueur built his post there in 1693. In 1718 a fort was erected which remained France’s . . . — Map (db m30844) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — The Sprague WellHistorical Landmark
The Sprague Well, believed to be the first drilled artesian well in Bayfield County, was completed at 119 feet 8 inches in April, 1903 by Monroe H. Sprague at the mill office of the Akeley–Sprague Lumber Co. Flow from the 4 inch casing was . . . — Map (db m57812) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — Washburn Historic WaterfrontBigelow / Hines Railroad Trestle — Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
In the early days of Washburn, the waterfront was filled with saw mills. The A.A. Bigelow Mill (1887-1902), later to become the Hines Mill, was the largest of three major sawmills in Washburn. It rested on pilings that ran directly out from the . . . — Map (db m57839) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — Washburn Lumbering Days / The Hines Lumber Company
(side 1) Washburn Lumbering Days Washburn begins on the shoreline of Chequamegon Bay. The city rises gradually 75 ft. above level of the water. In 1884, the town was created, born of the necessity of the railway (Chicago, St. Paul, . . . — Map (db m57824) HM
Wisconsin (Bayfield County), Washburn — Washburn, The Monolith City
This title was given back in 1892 when Frederick Prentice, president of the Prentice Brownstone Co. of Wisconsin, offered to supply a huge brownstone monolith for the Wisconsin Exhibit at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. He proposed to furnish this . . . — Map (db m48441) HM

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