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A Real Hot Lynx Story

Introduction Welcome to “Exploring the Northwoods” from the Manitowish Water Historical Society. We will take you on a journey through our local history with the help of primary source documentation. To learn more about this rich history or about the historical society – check out our website at  mwhistory.org for blog posts, show notes, our…

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Into the Wild Woods Part II.

Introduction Welcome to “Exploring the Northwoods” from the Manitowish Waters Historical Society. We will take you on a journey through our local history with the help of primary source documentation. To learn more about this rich history or about the historical society – check out our website at  mwhistory.org for blog posts, show notes, our…

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Into the Wild Woods Part I.

Introduction Welcome to “Exploring the Northwoods” from the Manitowish Water Historical Society. We will take you on a journey through our local history with the help of primary source documentation. To learn more about this rich history or about the historical society – check out our website at  mwhistory.org for blog posts, show notes, our…

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Spider Lake Minutes

Discover the history and evolution of our town government from Lac Du Flambeau, to Spider Lake, to Manitowish Waters. Click on the link to access the document: http://ppolinks.com/mwhistory/Town%20Ledger%201928.pdf

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The Barr Fishway

Explore the unique history and legacy of Harry Barr’s Fishway that was first employed at the Rest Lake Dam in the early 1930’s.  The Rayala and Kovar families donated Barr’s document explaining and promoting his fisway as a revolutionary conservation measure.  During the Great Depression the Wisconsin Conservation Commission partnered with the town of Spider…

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Manitowish Waters Historian Ruth Gardner

Click on the title to view publication The Joy of Ice Skating Fish Tales

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A narrative written about Ralph Hanson’s involvement in the MW Sno-Skeeters

  Manitowish Waters Snow Skeeters began in the 1960’s as part of a community effort to promote the sport and improve local trails.  Over 50 years later, the Snow Skeeters continue their snowmobiling traditions and leadership in the Northwoods.  Please read the attached narrative  about Ralph Hanson’s involvement in the MW Sno-Skeeters as their lomg…

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Forest and Stream: How Fur is Caught IV – 1895

Click on the link below to explore the fourth article from a series published in Forest and Stream titled: How Fur is Caught IV 1895.   Most of the article is based in the Winchester and Presque Isle areas with detailed accounts of trail blazing, running a trap line, winter shelters and surviving the cold of the Northwoods…

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