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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin
(1925)

Chapter VIII: mill and dam locations at Menomonie,   pp. 50-52


Page 52

52                      HISTORY OF DUNN COUNTY
its mouth into which to set a dam to make a reservoir. Here was a creek of fair
capacity and with banks at its entrance into the river. A dam here with a mill
placed beside it served not only the creek but also the river. Logs cut either on
the creek or on the river could be conveniently floated to the mill and there sawed.
At Gilbert's Creek logs from the river could not be sawed at its mill save by forcing
them up stream at least one mile, a thing utterly impracticable.
In passing it might be of interest to state that the Gilbert's Creek valley con-
tained an immense quantitv of as excellent pine, both as to size and quality, as
grew anywhere in the Red Cedar River basin. Old settlers have stated this as
a fact, and an inspection and measurement of the stumps on any uncultivated
tract to be found in this creek valley corroborates the statements.
The selection here, on Wilson's Creek, once known as Mleadow Creek, of the
site for the dam was made from business considerations of adaptability and utility;
the place was adapted to the cheap generation of power and could be readily
utilized as a point for the cut of a wide range of pine.


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