The Pineries

The Pineries (HM1ERO)

Location: Marathon City, WI 54448 Marathon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 55.293', W 89° 41.012'

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From the 1840's to 1920's, logging overshadowed all other industries in Wisconsin. The state's northern pine forests became "pineries," providing logs to meet the nation's increasing demand for building materials.

Timber cut from these pineries floated downstream as raw logs or rafts of sawn lumber. The Wisconsin River was the most treacherous of the lumber streams, and many raftsmen lost their lives running logs over the rapids and whitewater.

In 1916, long after the arrival of the railroads, one of the state's last great river drives took place on the Rib River, below you. By the 1920's, most of the northern pineries had been logged off, and Wisconsin's logging era started drawing to a close.

Panel courtesy of the Wausau Area Jaycees and the Friends of Rib Mountain.
Placed ByThe Wausau Area Jaycees and the Friends of Rib Mountain
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 1:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 288207 N 4977739
Decimal Degrees44.92155000, -89.68353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 55.293', W 89° 41.012'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 55' 17.58" N, 89° 41' 0.72" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3800 Park Rd, Marathon City WI 54448, US
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