Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company

Roddis Line - Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company (HM14EG)

Location: Butternut, WI 54514 Iron County
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N 46° 4.914', W 90° 16.263'

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Iron County Heritage Area

William Henry Roddis realized that a fortune could be made in the woods.

In 1903, he purchased a parcel of land to build a mill in Park Falls. Roddis bought 35,000 acres of timber land in Iron and Ashland counties from Wisconsin Central Railroad (later the Soo Line).

The railroad agreed to build an extension of its line east of Park Falls. Roddis built narrow gauge spur tracks from the main line into the woods with Wisconsin Central rails. By the end of operations, Roddis company had laid 49 miles of track.

For the first 22 years of operation, the Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company ran the logging camps. Each year a headquarters camp was established along the main rail line. This camp housed the woods foreman and was the main loading point for logs shipped to the mill.

Smaller camps were placed along the spurs. By 1904, there were eight camps working full time in the woods. Locomotives made daily trips to the mill in Park Falls, loaded with timber. By 1930, the camps were shipping 35 rail cars of timber daily.
HM NumberHM14EG
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 710994 N 5106768
Decimal Degrees46.08190000, -90.27105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 4.914', W 90° 16.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 4' 54.84" N, 90° 16' 15.78" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 829-959 Co Hwy Ff, Butternut WI 54514, US
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