Ontario Welcome Center History Walk: The Pinery

© Photographed April 8, 2017
Erected 2015 by Forward Ontario
Ontario, Vernon County, Wisconsin
43.722751, -90.590023
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The Pinery
Count the rings on this slab of white pine and imagine that the forested hills around Ontario once were filled with trees even larger than this one. Logs were floated down the Kickapoo, with the last load leaving the village in 1884. Pictured here are bolts of low-grade excelsior logs, a material used in packing glassware. Logs also stayed in the area for the manufacture of barrel staves and railroad ties. When the pines were gone, lumbermen turned to the oaks and other hardwoods, which were too heavy to float and were transported by wagon and rail. Many sawmills still dot the area, producing highly sought-after red oak, and craftsmen build furniture from locally grown hardwoods.
The marker is located along the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk at Palen Memorial Park and is accessible on the northeast corner of the intersection of State Street and Pleasant Street, Ontario, Wisconsin 54651.

Vernon Broadcaster (June 3, 2015): Ontario to celebrate opening of Palen Park on June 13

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The marker is located at the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk.

Looking west into town . . .

View coming into town from eastbound Wisconsin Highway 33.

The marker is located in Ontario, Wisconsin.

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