Cranberry Culture

Cranberry Culture (HM4R)

Location: Nekoosa, WI 54457 Wood County
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N 44° 20.86', W 89° 58.816'

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For countless ages the wild cranberry flourished in many marshy areas of Central Wisconsin. In 1829 Daniel Whitney mentioned the purchase of three canoe loads of cranberries brought down the Yellow River by Indians from the area now known as Cranmoor. During the 1870s a few hardy souls literally carved out by hand the bogs in this area and, in spite of many hazards such as fires and lack of water, succeeded in establishing a new crop. With time the native vines were supplanted by higher producing selections which have given some of the highest yields per acre in the nation. At the turn of the century hand-picking predominat?ed. Later, improved rakes replaced the colorful family groups together with their nightly entertainment. Today the machine has replaced hand labor in the operation of the bogs, and many of the simple pleasures and intimate associations accompa?nying the laborious tasks of the cranberry bogs are now only memories of the past.
HM NumberHM4R
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number86
Year Placed1959
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 262456 N 4914809
Decimal Degrees44.34766667, -89.98026667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 20.86', W 89° 58.816'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 20' 51.60" N, 89° 58' 48.96" W
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Area Code(s)715, 608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5081-5251 WI-54 Trunk, Nekoosa WI 54457, US
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