Roddis Line - Early Logging

Roddis Line - Early Logging (HM14EI)

Location: Butternut, WI 54514 Iron County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 4.914', W 90° 16.263'

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Iron County Heritage Area

America saw the vast forests of the Great lakes as an endless supply of the timber needed to settle the west. Farmers, factories and mills needed wood for fuel and building materials.

Men came to the northern forests to make their fortunes supplying wood to the nation. For the next hundred years, the logging industry ruled the Upper Midwest.

By the beginning of the 20th century, towns, logging camps, farms, log landings, mills, and railroad tracks stood in place of the forest. Some of the buildings were reused later by settlers and some were removed to other locations. Most remain as archaeological sites.

In the beginning, pine was king. The lore of the lumberjack and river drive began during this time. Daring tales of life in the woods made good stories for the folks back home.

In truth, woods jobs were tedious and dangerous. Loggers worked in below zero temperatures from dawn to dusk, with only Sundays and Christmas Day off.

River drivers worked long hours and sometimes spent the night on the logs. Often they worked waist deep in icy water to gather strays. Pulling the last log to release a log jam cost many a driver his life.
HM NumberHM14EI
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 4:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
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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