The Round Lake Logging Dam: A Survivor of Wisconsin’s Log-Driving Days surveys the history of logging along the Chippewa River in Wisconsin before describing in detail the history and construction of the Round Lake Dam built on the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin. Dam construction is covered in detail because one key to this operation were the dams used to flood streams on which logs were driven. The Round Lake Dam survived long after the logging industry had faded and was purchased by the United States Forest Service in 1968. The article covers the efforts of Frederick Weyerhaeuser (1834-1914) to log the Chippewa Valley, and also goes into detail about techniques used in the logging industry to bring timber to sawmills. (21 pages)
lumber camps; sawmills; Dams; rivers; logging
driver rests on his pike pole and .stares across the Beef Slough, where logs were held to he .sorted out according to individual logging operators.