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Town Business Hours:

Mon-Thur
7:30am-noon
other hours by appointment

16362S Town Hall Road
PO Box 159
Wascott, WI 54890
Phone:  715-466-4252
Fax:  715-466-5382
Email:  info@townofwascott.org

 

  • Wascott Historical Park - across from Wascott Town Hall

 

Gordon-Wascott Historical Society

     
Nancy Hasbrouck, Chair 715-376-4234
Karen Benson, Vice Chair .
Wendy Finstad, Treasurer .
Susan Seningen, Secretary .
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. PO Box 222
Gordon WI 54838
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Purpose of Committee:  Maintain and administer the Society buildings and property.  Preserve and promote the rich history of the Gordon/Wascott area.

Committee Meetings:

  • Annual Meeting is 3rd Wednesday in June

  • Quarterly Meetings are the 1st Wednesday in May and September, combined with the Annual Meeting in June, and the December meeting/Christmas party is voted on in September

Information & Services:

  • The Museum and Railroad Depot are available for viewing from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays from 10:00am-4:00pm.  Artifacts and historical items are displayed at the Museum and Depot with a curator on duty during the summer months.

  • A book, "Back the Road a Bit," a documentary of family histories and related information is available.  Call Nancy Hasbrouck, 715-376-4234, or Claudia Postl, 715-376-4407.  Another book focusing on the settlement and Native American history will be available in the summer of 2010.

Briefly...

History of Gordon In the beginning, this was an untamed wilderness, rivers and lakes and glimmering pools, vast wastes of endless green forests extending westward to the prairie country.  To this untamed land came the trader, missionary and soldier.  Again, their ghostly campfires seem to burn, and the fitful light is cast around on Lord and Vassel and black-robed Priest, mingled with wild forms of savage warriors, knit in close fellowship on the same stern errand.  That errand was to wrest this wilderness from the primeval sleep of centuries.

The St. Croix river and tributaries was long an ancient trade route and war path of the Chippewa and Sioux Indian Tribes.  The struggle between these tribes was finally settled in a last great battle on this river, when the Chippewa warriors under Chief Buffalo defeated the Sioux whose defeated band retired to the prairies to fight the last great Indian wars against the white invader.

It was truly the land of Hiawatha, where members of the so-called ost tribe of the Turtle clan hunted, fished, trapped, fought and pursued their ancient culture and worshipped their gods.

History of Wascott As you explore present day Wascott, you will discover many interesting remnants of its early years.  In the northwest area, after a drive along a scenic road, there remains the copper mine once worked by pioneer miners.  Third and fourth generation forests will remind you of the once booming logging business.  Occasionally, in the woods, you will discover the residue of an old logging camp or trading post, rusted pots and pans, a miniature flat iron, or parts of old boots.

A visit to the Wascott Kreide Cemetery, established a century ago, will reveal pioneer family names on the headstones, the same family names that you can find in the local telephone directory today.  If you look closely, you will find a Civil War veteran among the WWI and II veterans, the same family names that carry over into the more recent wars, too.

Invariably you will need to cross a railroad track.  At the turn of the last century Wascott was a stopping place for many railroads; in fact, the town name is derived from an official of the Chicago, St Paul, Mpls and Omaha railroad - W. A. Scott.  The rooming house is still there, now a private residence.  Nearby is the Historic Community Church dedicated on 1 March 1914, the Wascott Town Hall and the original Hoffman one-room schoolhouse across from it - for all to visit.

Then, as it is now, the 54 major lakes, plus innumerous other smaller bodies of water, attracted settlers to stop and stay awhile, often trying a hand at farming near a lake.  We invite you, too, to enjoy our history and our pleasures.

Douglas County was created by an Act of Legislature on February 8, 1854, and was named after United State Senator, Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois who was financially interested in the new settlement.  The settlement, located at the mouth of the Nemadji River, was known as Superior.  Douglas County, fourth largest county in the State (land area), lies in the Northwest corner of the Indian Head Country and the State.  Superior is the county seat of government and the home of our Court House, which is considered the finest Court House in the Northwest.  Today, there are forty-one supervisors on the County Board representing twenty wards in the City of Superior, five incorporated villages and sixteen towns.

Centennial 1860-1960
Sesquicentennial was celebrated in 2010



   

Wascott ... where the lakes touch the trees, and trees touch the sky, and the sky touches the sun, and the sun always shines on ... Wascott !

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