Phelps and Conover

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Nestled in the wooded forests, rolling hills, and lakes of the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest lie the towns of Phelps and Conover. Dating back to the Ojibwa, this region was noted for its dense forests, relying on the many rivers and lakes as the highway for travel until the introduction of the railroad and roadways in the late 1800s. By 1900, businessmen Hackley, Phelps, and Bonnell had journeyed from Chicago, landing in what would later be named Phelps, with prospects of a mill and a community. Shortly thereafter, Conover would take its name from Seth Conover. Conover, a prominent cheese buyer, would inspire the construction of a train station in the very location he traveled to for several years to follow his passion for hunting and fishing. Surrounded by some of the greatest recreational and fishing lakes as well as the mill and lumber industry, the towns of Conover and Phelps continued to flourish. The railroad bustled tourists from the cities to enjoy a piece of the serenity that continues to reside in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
ISBN: 9781467106375
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gerd Klausmeyer is a retired drafting engineer in his hometown, which is located in northern Illinois. He has partially resided on Big Sand Lake in Phelps for the last 40 years but has had a passion for the Northwoods since emigrating from Germany to Hayes, Wisconsin, in 1952. He is an avid fisherman and lover/explorer of the outdoors.
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