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Village of Weed,
Town of Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin

A Ghost Town

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J.D. Weed Saw Mill Community

In January, 1882, (J. H.) Weed of Oshkosh erected a large saw and planing mill one mile south of the Village of Antigo. This mill had a capacity of 75,000 feet per eleven hour day. Approximately 20,000 feet of lumber was cut into shingles by the shingle mill. Booming facilities were provided by backing up Springbrook with a 37 rod long dam providing ample storage for ten million feet of logs. One hundred persons were employed on average by Weed's mill, which operated until (May 20, 1893), when it was destroyed by fire. When in 1885, the city was incorporated the Weed mill property was excluded because of high taxes. A store and boarding house was operated in connection with the mill. F.J. Hopkins was in charge of this for many years.

Dessureau's History of Langlade County, page 50

The fire destroyed the saw mill, planing mill, boarding houses and sheds. The estimated value of the loss was $30,000 - a considerable sum at that time. Six blocks on the west side of Superior Street were swept perfectly clean of all combustible material. One dwelling and three barns were burned on the east side of the street. Wood, a barn, wagons and sleds owned by D. Clement and the T.H. Ward dwelling and contents were also destoryed.

Langlade County Special newspaper

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