Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin

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    Eagle River is the county seat of Vilas County and the only incorporated town in the county. Several histories of the town are cited in the bibliography. In 2007, at the town's susquicentennial, the Eagle River Historical Society published a new, quite comprehensive history of the town under the title, Eagle River, Wisconsin, Its History & People. It is in the bibliography under author Eagle River Historical Society.

    A brief history was compiled (revised 2008) by the Eagle River Historical Society and published in a brochure titled "Loggers, Traders and Settlers, The Early History of Eagle River, Wisconsin" The complete text is available by going to the "Documents" tab, and clicking on "Loggers, Traders...."

    Charles P. Forbes
    September 20, 2007
  • Bibliography

    Comprehensive References

    ****. Best of the Northwoods, The. Boulder Junction, 1992. View Full Entry
    ****. Eagle River Area Festival of Flavors. Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry
    ****. Everett Resort Gets Historic Places Listing. [Vilas County News-Review, Nov. 12, 2008, B-1.] Eagle River, 2008. View Full Entry
    ****. White Spruce Inn To Celebrate 125th Birthday this Saturday. [Vilas County News-Review, October 29, 2009.] Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry
    ****. Women of St. Peter's Parish Appear in Newsweek Cover Story.. [Vilas County News-Review, Dec. 17, 2003, p. 3B.] Eagle River, 2003. View Full Entry
    70-155 Advancement Association, Information Bureau. Lake Region, The; State Highways 70 and 155, Eagle River, Sayner, Star Lake. Eagle River, 193?. View Full Entry
    Alexander, J. H. H.. Eagle River, Lakeland Playground. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, July 1940, V5#7, p.44.] 1940. View Full Entry
    Anvil Lake Property Owners' Association. Woodland Whispers. Eagle River, n.d.. View Full Entry
    Ashland Inc. Valvoline Division. Valvoline World Championship Snowmobile Derby, Eagle River. Lexington, KY, 1999. View Full Entry
    Bernhard, H (producer). Damien-Omen II. Beverly Hills, CA, 1978. View Full Entry
    Calhoun, W. T.. Eagle River Conservation Camp. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, May '41, V6#5, p. 62.] 1941. View Full Entry
    Carter, Frank. Early History of Eagle River, 1955. [State Historical Society of Wisconsin Archives, Call # SC 2408] Eagle River, 1955. View Full Entry
    Cook, Morton. History [of Eagle River Library]. [Olson Memorial Library [Brochure]] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Eagle Chain's Square Dance Club. Crafts. Recipes. Chicago, 1986. View Full Entry
    Eagle River Historical Society. Depot Museum. [Brochure] Eagle River, 2008. View Full Entry
    Eagle River Historical Society. Early History of Eagle River, Wisconsin. Eagle river, 2004. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Eagle River Revitalization Program. Artscapte 2009. Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Hanselman, Esther. History of Carpenter Lake and Vicinity. 1995. View Full Entry
    Heiting, Tom and Ann. Northwoods Ski Trails. n.p., 1980. View Full Entry
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. The Gerry Lumber Co., of Eagle River, closed.... [Minocqua Times, August 27, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Jones, et al.. History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties. Minneapolis, 1924. View Full Entry
    Kiefer, Kit. Gone for the Weekend: Eagle River. [Wisconsin Trails, Feb. 1999, p. 45] 1999. View Full Entry
    Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Railway. Gogebic, Eagle River, Ashland and Other Resorts in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin Reached by the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Railway.. Iron Mountain, Michi, 1985. View Full Entry
    Moore, et al.. Eagle River. [Images of America Series] Charleston, SC, 2013. View Full Entry
    Mueller, Pat. Two Remarkable Women. [Vilas County News-Review, Feb. 2, 2006, B.] Eagle River, 2006. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Northwoods Assembly of God, Women's Ministries, Eagle River. Recipes. Waseca, MN, 1986. View Full Entry
    Savageau, David. Retirement Places Rated. New York, 1990. View Full Entry
    Slattery, Christina. View from the Water. [Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 93, Autumn 2009] Madison, 2009. View Full Entry
    Wilkinson, Susan, compiler. Stories Among the Stones. Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry
    Wisconsin Conservation Department. The Children's Forest [Eagle River]. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, 5:9, Sept. 1940, p.31] Madison, 1940. View Full Entry
    Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. History, A. Milwaukee, 1950. View Full Entry

    Major References

    ****. Alma Zimpelmann [Obituary]. [Vilas County News-Review, Jan. 9, 2008] Eagle River, 2008. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Best from Cranberry Country, U.S.A.. Eagle River, 1987. View Full Entry
    ****. Eagle River and Eastern Vilas County. [Wisconsin Land of Lakes Magazine, Nov/Dec 1926.] Rhinelander, 1926. View Full Entry
    ****. Some Like It Cold...Ice Palace [Eagle River]. [Wisconsin Natural Resources, 25:6, Dec. 2001, p. 31.] 2001. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    ****. Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano. Chicago, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Benda, Sharon. Eagle River. [Vilas County Chamer of Commerce: Vilas County Headwaters to Wisconsin, 1998, p. 7] Eagle River, 1998. View Full Entry
    Bonson and Jones. Eagle River Fire Department, 1899-1999. Tomahawk, 1999. View Full Entry
    Chain Skimmers. Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show Team. Eagle River, 2010. View Full Entry
    Downtown Business Association Commemorative Calendar Committee. Eagle River 2007 Commemorative Calendar. Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Eagle River Historical Society. Eagle River, Wisconsin, Its History & People. Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Eagle River Revitalization Program. Historical Walking Tour of Eagle River. [Six panel brochure] Eagle River, 2008. View Full Entry
    Ellis, A. G.. Upper Wisconsin Country. [Wisconsin Historical Collections, Vol. 3, pp. 435-452.] Madison, 1857. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Fox, Richard. America's 100 Best Retirement Towns,... Eagle River, Wisconsin. [Where to Retire [Magazine], 10:5, Special Issue 2001, p. 141] Houston, 2001. View Full Entry
    Greene, Howard. Border Country. Minneapolis, 2017. View Full Entry
    Hooper, C. W., ed.. From the History of Eagle River.... [Minocqua Times, December 9, 1897] Minocqua, 1897. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Horst, David. Paddle Tales. [Wisconsin Natural Resources, Vol. 42, #2, Summer, 2018, Pp. 20-23] Madison, 2018. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Huhti, Thomas. Wisconsin. [Fourth Edition] Berkeley, CA, 2008. View Full Entry
    Huhti, Thomas. Wisconsin Handbook, Including Door County. [First Edition] Chico, CA, 1997. View Full Entry
    Kantrowitz and Underwood. Bible's Lost Stories, The. [Newsweek, December 8, 2003, Cover and pp. 47-60.] New York, 2003. View Full Entry
    Keeler and Bubanovich. Memories of Croation Settlers of Eagle River. Lac du Flambeau, 1984. View Full Entry
    Peters, Robert. Crunching Gravel: Growing Up in the Thirties [Eagle River]. San Francisco, 1988. View Full Entry
    Pohlen, Jerome. Oddball Wisconsin. Chicago, 2001. View Full Entry
    Reimann, George. World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Where It All Started [Eliason Snowmobiles]. Northwoods is the Perfect Host.. [Wisconsin Escape, Jan 1981 p.17 ff] Green Lake, WI, 1981. View Full Entry
    Ridderbusch, Gary. Phil Brandner Remembered for Meat Market, Local Service. [Vilas County News-Review, Aug. 7, 2013, p. 4A.] Eagle River, 2013. View Full Entry
    Satran, Dan. Catholic Women Here Understandably Get Newsweek Attention.. [Vilas County News-Review, Dec. 10, 2003, p. 17A] Eagle River, 2003. View Full Entry
    Schmidt, Floyd. Switch Lamps in the Pines. Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry
    Swenson and Johnson. Resorts of Wisconsin. Hibbing, MN, 2012. View Full Entry
    Taylor, Billie. Trees for Tomorrow Camp. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, Jn/Fb'61, V26#1,p.30.] 1961. View Full Entry
    US Air Force. Records of Headquarters United States Air Force Project BLUE BOOK. [NARA-PBB1 ] Washington, 1976. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    US, Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration, Workers of the Writers' Program in the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State. [American Guide Series] New York, 1941. View Full Entry
    Uthe, Dorothy Jones. From Soup to Mostly Nuts, "Stories from the Jones Family". [Eagle River], 1990. View Full Entry
    Vilas County News-Review. Vilas County News-Review's 2009 Headwaters Area Guide. [Published Annually] Eagle River, 2009. View Full Entry
    Weitz, Chauncey. Game Warden's Diary: 1933-1965. Oshkosh, 1983. View Full Entry
    Yukon Jack. Cool Creations: A History of the Eagle River Ice Castle. [Special Publication of the Vilas County News-Review and the Three Lakes News, Dec. 2005] Eagle River, 2005. View Full Entry

    Minor References

    ****. The question of building a road..... [Eagle River Review, May 16, 1895. p. 5] Eagle River, 1895. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Allen, Terese. Wisconsin Food Festivals. Amherst, WI, 1995. View Full Entry
    Bie, Michael. It Happened in Wisconsin. [It Happened in Series] Guilford, CT, 2007. View Full Entry
    Hollatz, Tom. Haunted Northwoods. St. Cloud, MN, 2000. View Full Entry
    Mobil. Mobil Travel Guide, Great Lakes Area. [1976, 1983, 1994, 2001 editions] Chicago, 2001. View Full Entry
    Roark, Gene, ed.. Wisconsin Water Trails. [Publication 104-63] Madison, 1963. View Full Entry
    Swan, Richard. Light Tackle Fishing Guides of North America. Reno, NV, 1986. View Full Entry
    Vilas County Fair. Manual and Rules for Exhibits & Entries, 4-H & Open Class Exhibits. [August 12-15, 2010] Eagle River, 2010. View Full Entry
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    UFO Sighting

    In April, 1961, there was a UFO sighting in Eagle River. It is case file number7372 in the US Air Force's Project Blue Book records. See the Wikipedia reference below for more information on Project Blue Book. See the US Air Force Document on Project Blue Book regarding the April, 1961, sighting.

    Everett Resort

    The Everett Resort was historically one of the largest and grandest American Plan resorts in the Eagle River area. The resort provided lodging, meals, entertainment, recreational activities, and other amenities for its guests. The Main Building, constructed ca 1896, was the physical and social center at the resort and by ghe 1920s-1930s provided dining for up to 300 guests each day. Other buildings on the property included the Sun Room/Office, Marina Bar, Clubhouse, Columbine and Gables Cottages, and a boathouse. Individual cottages were constructed along the shorelines of both Catfist and Cranberry lakes for guests. The resort's Rustic and Craftsman-style buildings reflect a strong relationship with their natural surroundings. [Text from the WHS Columns notice of recent additions to the Wisconsin Register of Historic Places, July-August, 20008, p. 5].

    Trading Post

    For years, since 1944 the Trading Post on Wall Street in Eagle River was a landmark, with glitzy tourist items, children's things, postcards, you name it. It was sold in 2016 to David and Connie Justice and completely remodeled. Still a tourist shop, it is now tastefully decorated, most of the junk removed, and a nicer line of goods installed. It's nice to see the tradition continued, updated for different times!