Lac Vieux Desert

Lac Vieux Desert (HMNZN)

Location: Phelps, WI 54554 Vilas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 7.289', W 89° 9.144'

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Here rises the Wisconsin River. Many feet have trod this spot in many kinds of shoes from moccasins of French traders and Indians, boots of loggers, early settlers and the Army to sport shoes of today's tourists. This procession began before the first map of this lake was published in Paris in 1718. Jean Baptiste Perrault wintered here in 1791. Capt. Thomas Cram, Surveyor, parleyed with Chief Ca-sha-o-sha in 1840. In the 1850's Drapers built the first white settler cabin. Leonard Thomas married Draper's daughter and in 1884 built the first summer resort. In 1860 the Wausau-Ontonagon road crossed here, joined later by the Military road from Green Bay. Indian trails, canoe and mail routes, log drives and oxen hooves marked this spot the hub of pioneer activity. Known as Kat-ik-it-i-gon and Old Planting Ground, the French name of Lac Vieux Desert is accepted for this beautifull body of water.

Erected 1960
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number94
Year Placed1960
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 3:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 333701 N 5109797
Decimal Degrees46.12148333, -89.15240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 7.289', W 89° 9.144'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 7' 17.34" N, 89° 9' 8.64" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 46 Starlite Ln, Phelps WI 54554, US
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