Menominee County

Keshena Falls was the area where the treaty of 1854 was signed by the U.S. government and Menominee Chief Oshkosh and Keshena, establishing the Menominee Reservation. This also was the place where in 1991 Governor Thompson and the Menominee Tribal Chairman, Glen Miller signed the gaming pact to establish the gaming rights for a bingo hall and casino. The Military Road road started out as a “tote” road for lumberjacks carrying supplies from Shawano north to the camps. In the early days of the Civil War, the North had no way of transporting troops from Fort Howard at Green Bay to Fort Wilkins in Keweenaw County, Michigan. On March 3, 1863 Congress passed an act approving the roads construction. The construction was paid for with land grants, three sections for each mile of completed road. This road opened up the northern pineries for the early lumbermen and the economy of Shawano.

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