Flambeau Trail - Manitowish

Flambeau Trail - Manitowish (HMUMH)

Location: Mercer, WI 54547 Iron County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 7.943', W 90° 0.763'

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Iron County Heritage Area

Main streets developed at the cross roads of resources, transportation, and people. The town of Manitowish grew up on timber and the railroad.

By the turn of the century, the "inexhaustible" stands of white pine had been cut from northern Wisconsin and floated to sawmills down waterways like the Manitowish River.

Lumberman William Henry Roddis was one of the first to recognize the value of the area's untouched virgin stands of hardwood timber. But hardwood timber, unlike pine, did not float. It could not be "driven" downriver to mills.

Roddis pioneered the use of railroads to transport logs rather than rivers. By 1903, his "Roddis Line" logging railroad was a growing network of mainline track and spur routes that connected logging camps deep in the forest to lumber mills.

Roddis established a logging mill here that operated through the mid-1930's and established Manitowish as a shipping point for timber.

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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 1:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 730755 N 5113095
Decimal Degrees46.13238333, -90.01271667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 7.943', W 90° 0.763'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 7' 56.58" N, 90° 0' 45.78" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1647-1715 Manitowish Rd, Mercer WI 54547, US
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