Marker 149: Rafting on the Mississippi

© Photographed July 24, 2013 and June 13, 2015
Erected 1965 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Lynxville, Crawford County, Wisconsin
43° 13.565′ N, 91° 4.554′ W
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After 1837 the vast timber resources of northern Wisconsin were eagerly sought by settlers moving into the mid-Mississippi valley. By 1847 there were more than thirty saw-mills on the Wisconsin, Chippewa, and St. Croix river systems, cutting largely Wisconsin white pine.

During long winter months, logging crews felled and stacked logs on the frozen rivers. Spring thaws flushed the logs down the streams toward the Mississippi River. Here logs were caught, sorted, scaled and rafted. Between 1837 and 1901 more than forty million board feet of logs floated down the Great River to saw-mills.

The largest log raft on the Mississippi was assembled at Lynxville in 1896. It was 270 feet wide and 1550 long, containing two and one-fourth million board feet of lumber.

The largest lumber raft on the river originated on Lake St. Croix in 1901. Somewhat smaller in size, 270 feet wide and 1450 feet long, it carried more lumber, nine million board feet. The last rafting of lumber on the Mississippi came in 1915, ending a rich, exciting and colorful era in the history of Wisconsin and the Great River.
The marker is located at a highway pull-off on northbound Great River Road / Highway 35, between Leitner Hollow Road and County Highway F,  Eastman, Wisconsin 54626.

Looking north along the Great River Road (marker to the right).

 The view of the Mississippi River from the marker location.

 Scenery on northbound Great River Road / Highway 35,
en route to marker location . . .

 A nearby lock and dam . . .

The marker is located on Great River Road Wisconsin.

The marker is located in Lynxville, Wisconsin.

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