Pinery Road - The Legend

Pinery Road - The Legend (HM14EN)

Location: Park Falls, WI 54552 Iron County
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N 46° 1.653', W 90° 4.779'

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Iron County Heritage Area

"An old Indian legend says that Bearskull Lake is sacred. Any white man who had anything to do with the lake or its vicinity will have everlasting ill fortune."

In 1904, a tornado ripped through this area, toppling the last great stands of virgin pine. The "windfall" in salvageable timber attracted brothers John and David Emerson to the vicinity of Bearskull Lake.

Hauling sawmill machinery, supplies, and logging equipment 25 miles through swamps and forest from Park Falls, they established a sawmill town here in 1905. Work to salvage wind blown timber had just begun when a fast moving forest fire destroyed the mill and new community of "Emerson."

Come spring, the brothers hauled in larger, more modern sawmill equipment. Emerson was rebuilt. Wood frame homes, to house lumberjacks and their families, lined both sides of Emerson's half mile long main street.

Emerson boasted a school, post office, store, and town hall— but there was no saloon. The Emersons were pious prohibitionists. Intoxicating liquor was not allowed in their town.

Was it curse or coincidence when lightning struck and killed brother John and three members of the Emerson family, while they were fishing near Bearskull Lake in 1908?

The family never recovered from the tragedy. The mill and town were soon abandoned and logging operations moved away from Bearskull Lake.
HM NumberHM14EN
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 726013 N 5101255
Decimal Degrees46.02755000, -90.07965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 1.653', W 90° 4.779'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 1' 39.18" N, 90° 4' 46.74" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3061 W State Highway 182, Park Falls WI 54552, US
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