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05/28/2010

Minertown-Oneva, Forest County, Wisconsin

[photo] Minertown-OnevaIn 1899, brothers Wilbur and Henry T. Miner from Vernon County, WI, purchased a 4,000 acre tract in Forest County, Wisconsin, where they constructed a sawmill and related settlement known as Minertown. The settlement included a boarding house and company store for those employed by the Miner Lumber Company, as well as a planning mill, roundhouse, depot, store, a blacksmith shop, a cook shanty, several small four-room houses, and a barn. In 1931, the mill was destroyed by fire and the remaining community was subsequently abandoned. Today, the Minertown-Oneva site is significant for its potential to provide information relevant to late nineteenth century settlement of Forest County, as well as the history of Wisconsin’s hardwood logging era.

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