Eagle River, Vilas County, Wisconsin
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. ForbesSeptember 20, 2007
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 Entry70-155 Advancement Association, Information Bureau. Lake Region, The; State Highways 70 and 155, Eagle River, Sayner, Star Lake. Eagle River, 193?. View Full EntryAlexander, J. H. H.. Eagle River, Lakeland Playground. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, July 1940, V5#7, p.44.] 1940. View Full EntryAnvil Lake Property Owners' Association. Woodland Whispers. Eagle River, n.d.. View Full EntryAshland Inc. Valvoline Division. Valvoline World Championship Snowmobile Derby, Eagle River. Lexington, KY, 1999. View Full EntryBernhard, H (producer). Damien-Omen II. Beverly Hills, CA, 1978. View Full EntryCalhoun, W. T.. Eagle River Conservation Camp. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, May '41, V6#5, p. 62.] 1941. View Full EntryCarter, Frank. Early History of Eagle River, 1955. [State Historical Society of Wisconsin Archives, Call # SC 2408] Eagle River, 1955. View Full EntryCook, 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 EntryEagle River Historical Society. Depot Museum. [Brochure] Eagle River, 2008. View Full EntryEagle 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 EntryHeiting, Tom and Ann. Northwoods Ski Trails. n.p., 1980. View Full EntryHooper, 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 EntryKiefer, Kit. Gone for the Weekend: Eagle River. [Wisconsin Trails, Feb. 1999, p. 45] 1999. View Full EntryMilwaukee, 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 EntryMoore, et al.. Eagle River. [Images of America Series] Charleston, SC, 2013. View Full EntryMueller, 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 EntrySavageau, David. Retirement Places Rated. New York, 1990. View Full EntrySlattery, Christina. View from the Water. [Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 93, Autumn 2009] Madison, 2009. View Full EntryWilkinson, Susan, compiler. Stories Among the Stones. Eagle River, 2009. View Full EntryWisconsin Conservation Department. The Children's Forest [Eagle River]. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, 5:9, Sept. 1940, p.31] Madison, 1940. View Full EntryWisconsin 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 EntryBonson and Jones. Eagle River Fire Department, 1899-1999. Tomahawk, 1999. View Full EntryChain Skimmers. Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show Team. Eagle River, 2010. View Full EntryDowntown Business Association Commemorative Calendar Committee. Eagle River 2007 Commemorative Calendar. Eagle River, 2007. View Full EntryEagle River Historical Society. Eagle River, Wisconsin, Its History & People. Eagle River, 2007. View Full EntryEagle River Revitalization Program. Historical Walking Tour of Eagle River. [Six panel brochure] Eagle River, 2008. View Full EntryEllis, 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 EntryGreene, Howard. Border Country. Minneapolis, 2017. View Full EntryHooper, 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 EntryHuhti, Thomas. Wisconsin Handbook, Including Door County. [First Edition] Chico, CA, 1997. View Full EntryKantrowitz and Underwood. Bible's Lost Stories, The. [Newsweek, December 8, 2003, Cover and pp. 47-60.] New York, 2003. View Full EntryKeeler and Bubanovich. Memories of Croation Settlers of Eagle River. Lac du Flambeau, 1984. View Full EntryPeters, Robert. Crunching Gravel: Growing Up in the Thirties [Eagle River]. San Francisco, 1988. View Full EntryPohlen, Jerome. Oddball Wisconsin. Chicago, 2001. View Full EntryReimann, 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 EntryRidderbusch, Gary. Phil Brandner Remembered for Meat Market, Local Service. [Vilas County News-Review, Aug. 7, 2013, p. 4A.] Eagle River, 2013. View Full EntrySatran, Dan. Catholic Women Here Understandably Get Newsweek Attention.. [Vilas County News-Review, Dec. 10, 2003, p. 17A] Eagle River, 2003. View Full EntrySchmidt, Floyd. Switch Lamps in the Pines. Eagle River, 2009. View Full EntrySwenson and Johnson. Resorts of Wisconsin. Hibbing, MN, 2012. View Full EntryTaylor, Billie. Trees for Tomorrow Camp. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, Jn/Fb'61, V26#1,p.30.] 1961. View Full EntryUS 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 EntryUthe, Dorothy Jones. From Soup to Mostly Nuts, "Stories from the Jones Family". [Eagle River], 1990. View Full EntryVilas County News-Review. Vilas County News-Review's 2009 Headwaters Area Guide. [Published Annually] Eagle River, 2009. View Full EntryWeitz, Chauncey. Game Warden's Diary: 1933-1965. Oshkosh, 1983. View Full EntryYukon 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 EntryBie, Michael. It Happened in Wisconsin. [It Happened in Series] Guilford, CT, 2007. View Full EntryHollatz, Tom. Haunted Northwoods. St. Cloud, MN, 2000. View Full EntryMobil. Mobil Travel Guide, Great Lakes Area. [1976, 1983, 1994, 2001 editions] Chicago, 2001. View Full EntryRoark, Gene, ed.. Wisconsin Water Trails. [Publication 104-63] Madison, 1963. View Full EntrySwan, Richard. Light Tackle Fishing Guides of North America. Reno, NV, 1986. View Full EntryVilas County Fair. Manual and Rules for Exhibits & Entries, 4-H & Open Class Exhibits. [August 12-15, 2010] Eagle River, 2010. View Full Entrykfkf. kfkf. . View Full Entry
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.
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].
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!