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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(July, 1874)

Wausau on the Wisconsin. Marathon County and its magnificent resources--its flourishing capital--its vast lumber interests--prospects for the valley of the Upper Wisconsin,   pp. 363-365 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 363

The Wisconsin Xlwmbermam.
them built, some now in process of
construction, and the rest of them
expect to build this season on or near
the Wisconsin Central railroad:
Kingsbury ............ on . Sec. 22, T. 25, B. 4 B.
McMullen.......on ....  17, 26, 3"
Buckstaff& co.  on:. " 36" 26, 2 2"
A Chicago man . on   ' -,  " 26, " 2 "
Spaulding ............ on. "  1, " 27, " 1"
Lekey Graves ........ on . " 24, " 28, " "
Sands .    .............. ' 13, " 29, " 1"
Semple & McDonald.. on. " 27 " 31, " I  "
'Theo. Coburn ........ on .   2, " 32, " 1"
The above facts I obtained from A.
D. Lunt, the competent land ex-
aminer of the railway company. He
is not only very obliging but is very
intelligent on all matters pertaining
to lands in northern Wisconsin.
W. P. Lnsix.
Narathon County and Its Kagnflent Be-
sources-Its Flourishing Capital-Its Vass
Lumber Interests-Prospects for the Val-
ley of the Upper Wisconsin.
Correspondence of the Oshkosh Times.
Although forty miles of shifting
sands and dreary pine forests stretch
out between here and the great
world below, yet this infant city
away up here in the wilderness hums
along with all the energy and bustle
of a metropolis.
On the banks of a great river, with
natural powers in abundance to satis-
fy the needs of thousands of water
wheels; skirted on the east for three
miles by great pine tracts, containing
some of the best timber to be found
in the state, beyond which are mag-
nificent farming lands now rapidly
being settled up by an army of fru-
gal immigrants by the way of Shawa-
no, twenty-five miles to the east;
across the Wisconsin river, great
fertile, hard wood forests stretch
away to the northwest, over Mara-
than and into Barron and Douglas
"The old Wiscons'," springing from
some hidden nook 200 miles above,
in the unknown wilderness, is amply
reinforced by broad rivers and
creeks,that give to Marathon and Lin-
coln counties a perfect net-work of
natural irrigators and deep log-driv-
ing streams. A wonderful fountain
of wealth is this great thoroughfare;
unnavigable, to be sure, save in short
stages, above Portage City, perhaps
the Wisconsin is all the more valu-
able; all the more subservient to the
wealth of man; for over a hundred
miles, some of the finest natural
water powers in the world follow
each other in quick succession, while
the fierce rapids, improved by human
ingenuity, are now but slight barri-
ers to the annual log drivers; and
with due precaution, even lumber
cribs are with but few exceptions
safely piloted over the "Bulls."
At the foot of Big Bull Falls, situ-
ated on a bend of the river, 20 miles
north of Marathon county's southern
line, is the seat of that county, and
until the latter's organization is com-
pleted in October next, of its recent
offspring, Lincoln. The only town on
the Wisconsinof any noteabove Stev-
ens Point, Wausau has almost a mo-
nopoly of first-hand pickings in that
rich but partially developed region.
Its saw mills are kept busy night and
day in transforming the raw materi-
al, cut almost within corporation
limits, into the best quality of pine
lumber; together too, with a large
quantity of hard wood timber, for
which, however, there does not at
present seem so great a demand.
Packed in "cribs," of which six form
a raft, they are this season of low
water drifted down stream and moor-
ed in fleets, ready for the "June
fresh" to elevate the water line and
carry them safely over the rooks and
shoals, down the Wiscons' to the
great Mississippi below, where a
ready sale is always met at the great
lumber marts of Dubuque and
The log drive is an extensive fea-
ture of lumbering operations on the
Upper Wiscons', and one in which

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