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Namekagon Memory Day August 17

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Date: July 17, 2008
Contact: Joan Jacobowski, 715-635-8346

Have you or someone you know pulled logs or deadheads from the river? Have you fished for trout or bass in the Namekagon River?  Do the names: Howell, Earl, Groat or Phipps bring a story to mind.  Have you or your family had a relationship with the Namekagon or Upper St. Croix Rivers?    Is your history entwined with this area?  Do you have stories to tell?  Then come to Memory Day at the Namekagon Visitor Center in Trego on Sunday, August 17 from Noon to 5:00 p.m.


Join local County Historical Societies and the National Park Service in recalling times gone by.  A logging exhibit from the Sawyer County Historical Society and a boating exhibit from the Washburn Historical Society will help get the memories going.  But what we want are your stories.  Come share stories that can be recorded or jotted down, bring in photographs that you are willing to have scanned or copied.  Share your knowledge of how places got their names.  Help keep the memories alive and history from being lost by having your memories recorded.


The Namekagon Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, one mile east of Highway 53 in Trego, Wisconsin.  The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day and can be reached at 715-635-8346.


The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.  Protection of natural and cultural resources is part of the Riverway’s mission.                                                                                                                

Did You Know?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.