Rib Lake Lumber Company
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frankhj
N 45° 19.100 W 090° 12.096
15T E 719331 N 5022124
Quick Description: Rib Lake Lumber Company Marker on Hwy 102 in Rib Lake.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 5:01:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM4DNB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
Views: 26

Long Description:
In 1882, speculator J.J. Kennedy constructed a small mill here along the shores of Rib Lake, founding the Rib Lake Lumber Company. In spite of several mill fires, the company grew to produce over a billion board feet of lumber. At first dependent upon horse-drawn sleighs for hauling logs, the company developed into a large industrial complex when a railroad spur was constructed to connect Rib Lake to the Wisconsin Central Rail Road line. By the 1920s, the Rib Lake Lumbering Company included many specialized buildings and machinery, several lumber yards and an intricate tramway system and railroad servicing area. This area of Rib Lake was once known as the "hot pond", where mill steam thawed frozen logs before the bull chain pulled them into the mill. Two buildings remain from the original complex: a machine shed and lumber drying kiln. After the area's available timber was depleted, the mill closed in 1948, ending the era of huge logging operations in Wisconsin.

Erected 1997
County: Taylor

Location: Other

MarkerID: 346

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