M. Russ Lowthian
Road Biking in Wisconsin: A Guide to Wisconsin's Greatest Bicycle Rides
A Falcon Guide
Globe Pequot Press
Guilford, CT
Original Date

From the comments on Ride #7, Musky Cruise: "This town [Sayner] was named for Orrin W. Sayner, who with his family arrived by train in Eagle River to take a job as caretaker for a summer home belonging to Confederate Colonel Tatum. Mr. Sayner built a summer resort and became the town's first postmaster in 1891. It was here in 1927 that Carl Eliason invented and patented the snowmobile. Today you can see the snowmobile exhibit while strolling down memory lane at the Vilas County Historical Museum. "As you ride east on County Road N, notice that the flora has change [sic] to rolling hardwoods. When you reach County Road K at the 25.7-mile mark, you have a side-trip option: Add an extra mile round-trip if you wish to go west to the store in Star Lake. This little ocmmunity was developed in 1894 by the William [sic] and Salisch [sic] Lumber Company and named in memory of Harry Star [sic] who was killed by a pile driver as the tracks were being laid across a small bay to connect the railroad's roundhouse with the sawmill. Today the general store, a quarter mile off the route, is a good place to stop for ice cream, and you'll also find restrooms at the campground next door, if needed."

  • Bookwood Historical Collection, Star Lake
  • UW Madison/Wis Hist Soc