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Explore how Northeast Michigan was built

Lumberman's Monument on the AuSable river.


Oscoda — Elijah Baker and Larissa Liska traveled along the AuSable river to learn about the establishment of Northeast Michigan. The lumber industry built many of the towns in the area, including Oscoda after the town burned down, and that is why Lumberman’s Monument, which was erected in 1931, honors those lumberman that chopped down the white pine for the river rats who guided the logs down the AuSable.

Throughout the summer/fall season Lumberman’s Monument hosts special events for kids and visitors who want to study the history. Some of the activities include archaeological demonstrations, nature hike and more.

Plus trek the 240 plus steps down to a replica of a wanigan, a floating kitchen, that was used to feed the workers.

List of activities still going on in 2018:

  • August 8th/22nd (10 a.m.-noon) Huron-Manistee National Forest Heritage Archaeological Program
  • August 11th Nature Hike on the Discovery Trail (11 a.m.)
  • August 14th Smokey’s Birthday Party (1-3 p.m.)

Lumberman’s Monument is located at 5761 North Skeel Ave., Oscoda, MI 48750.