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Price County, located in north-central Wisconsin, has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the early 19th century. The area was home to Ojibwe Native American tribes who originally settled here, utilizing the dense forests and abundant lakes for hunting and fishing purposes.

The first European settlers arrived in the mid-1800s, attracted by the region's vast timber resources. Logging quickly became a significant industry, with sawmills sprouting up along the Flambeau River. The pine boom reached its peak in the late 19th century, transforming the area into a bustling logging center. This rapid growth led to the establishment of Price County in 1879, named after William T. Price, an influential lumberman.

As the logging industry began to decline in the early 20th century, the economy of Price County diversified. Agriculture and tourism became prominent, with farming and recreation industries gaining popularity. The establishment of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in 1933 preserved a significant portion of Price County's natural beauty, attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over.

Throughout the 20th century, Price County continued to evolve and adapt to changing times. The construction of highways and increased access to transportation improved the region's connectivity and boosted its economy. Today, Price County boasts a mix of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and outdoor recreation, making it a vibrant and diverse community that honors its past while looking towards the future.

  • 1776-1800: Price County area is primarily inhabited by various Native American tribes.
  • 1847-1848: The first European settlers arrive in the area.
  • 1861-1865: Price County sends soldiers to fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1877: Price County is officially established and named after Wisconsin Governor William T. Price.
  • 1880s: The logging industry booms in Price County, attracting many new settlers.
  • 1900-1910: Railroads are built in the area, leading to increased economic growth.
  • 1920s: The decline of the logging industry leads to a shift towards agriculture and tourism.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression severely affects Price County, causing economic hardships.
  • 1940s-1950s: Many residents of Price County serve in World War II and the Korean War.
  • 1960s-1970s: Price County experiences a growth in tourism due to its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • 1980s-1990s: Efforts to diversify the local economy result in the development of manufacturing and service industries.
  • 2000s: Price County continues to be known for its outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, and hiking.