Gogebic and Other Resorts in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin


Great Lakes hunting & fishing excursions in the late 19th century.

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Gogebic, an unusual name, is derived from a Chippewa word with a popular translation of “Where the trout make rings upon the water.” It now refers to a county, lake, and range of hills in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and adjacent Wisconsin. The location along the lake and the heavily forested area has made the region a popular destination for hunting and fishing for thousands of years, with the late 19th century being no exception.

This promotional brochure was printed by the Poole Brothers in Chicago in 1885 on behalf of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway. As one of several railroads operating in either state, publications such as this were necessary to encourage ridership and maintain a competitive edge.

The contents are filled with sketched illustrations, plans of custom train cars for hunting parties, fish & game laws, and descriptive text of major landmarks and the bountiful sporting opportunities available.

There are four maps included in the brochure. The inside front cover presents a color image of Wisconsin and portions of Michigan with the routes of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railways in bold. Three full-page maps within the pages provide large-scale detail on particular areas – The state line near Gogebic, the lake region of northern Wisconsin, and “The Eagle Waters.”

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Publication Date: 1885

Author: Poole Brothers

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Condition: A

Condition Description: 40 pp. guidebook measuring approximately 5.75" x. 8." with stapled binding and illustrated paper covers. Wrappers are lightly soiling along the spine, but very good to near fine condition overall.


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