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History of the Northwoods Railroads

When:
July 10, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
2021-07-10T09:30:00-05:00
2021-07-10T11:00:00-05:00
Where:
Koller Library
5761 US-51
Mercer, WI 54547
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Manitowish Waters Historical Society
715-543-2700

History of the Northwoods Railroads

Presented by Jim Bokern, president of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society. No sign-up necessary.

Join us for a free presentation on how railroads influenced Manitowish Waters at Koller Library or on ZOOM. In the late 1880’s, railroads created new and competing communities in the Northwoods that dominated regional commerce.  Railroad access to the Manitowish Waters Chain was always limited, lagging compared to other regional communities; but local loggers, resorts, guides and businesses adapted to these challenges. By 1905, the Manitowish Waters chain was accessed by two competing railroads seeking to access the last tracts of virgin timber and support the growing tourist industry. Historic maps, journals, articles, government records and pictures will be used to illustrate how rails changed the Northwoods.