Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State

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Tour 15
Michigan Line -- Eagle River -- Fifield -- Spooner -- Minnesota Line; State 70.

Michigan Line to Minnesota Line, 227.7 m.

Chicago, St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha R. R. parallels route between Draper and Couderay.

Hard-surfaced and oiled-gravel roadbed.

Year-around accommodations in small villages; resorts, cabins, campgrounds, and tourist homes in summer.

An east-west highway, State 70 reveals more of northern Wisconsin perhaps than any other single route. For miles it travels through virtually uninhabited cutover; agriculture and industry are often rudimentary. Only two communities on the route have populations larger than 1,000, and in the 154 miles between them there is not an incorporated village. Both of the main northern lake regions -- one on the stony highlands of the northern peneplain, the other on the sandy highlands of the Western Upland -- are traversed, although the lakes are glimpsed only occasionally from the highway.


Section a. MICHIGAN LINE to FIFIELD; 93.5 m., State 70

South of the MICHIGAN LINE, 0 m., State 70 touches the wooded shore of SMOKY LAKE (R), The highway is here in the NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST where farms are set amid dense stands of hemlock, spruce, and hardwood. Created in 1936, the forest contains 985,400 acres within its boundaries. Stones are everywhere: they stand in ragged piles in pastures, dot plowed fields, are built into fences. In these grim surroundings frugal hard-working Finns have made neat and pleasant farms. Spruce-bordered LONG LAKE is at 3 m.

At 8.3 m. is the junction with a town road.

Right on this road to the stair-type MILITARY HILL FIRE TOWER, 0.4 m., whose platform, rising above the summit of the hill, reveals a panorama of wild cutover land extending into Michigan and embracing Big Twin Lake.

PHELPS, 9 m. (1,681 alt., 510 pop.), was founded in 1900 when wealthy lumbermen chose its site for a sawmill, ran in a 10-mile railroad from Conover, and set up the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Company's plant. The present village is owned, for the most part, by the C. M. Christiansen Company. The only independent enterprise in Phelps is he Northwood Chemical Company, established in 1937 after the Chris

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