The Bad River

The Bad River (HM178Z)

Location: Ashland, WI 54806 Ashland County
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N 46° 36.712', W 90° 41.696'

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The Mauvaise (Bad) River was so named by the French due to the difficulties of its navigation. The Indians called it Mushkeezeebi or Marsh River. In 1845 the Rev. L.H. Wheeler, Protestant missionary at La Pointe, planned an agricultural settlement near the mouth of the Bad River where the Indians had for many years made their gardens. He named the settlement "Odanah," a Chippewa word meaning "village." About 1850 a determined effort was begun to compel the Indians to move west of the Mississippi. Mr. Wheeler visited the lands to which it was proposed the Lake Superior Chippewa should go. He returned with the conviction it would be a deed of mercy for the government to shoot the Indians rather than send them to the new region. "They (the Chippewa) are fully determined not to go. They have lived two years without their payments, and find they do not starve or freeze." Mr. Wheeler's pleadings were not in vain. The government resumed the payments and his ideas of justice toward the Chippewa were substantially embodied in a treaty made with them in 1854 providing for them three reservations, at Odanah, at Lac Court Oreilles and at Lac du Flambeau.
HM NumberHM178Z
Year Placed1957
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 11:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 676506 N 5164614
Decimal Degrees46.61186667, -90.69493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 36.712', W 90° 41.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 36' 42.72" N, 90° 41' 41.76" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1522-1580 Old Odanah Rd, Ashland WI 54806, US
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