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of the Nazarene
Hwy 51N & Statehouse Cr.
Mercer WI 54547
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Rev. Joseph McRaniels, Rev. David Stuhr, and
Rev. Mil. Watson 715-476-3766
Sunday School - 9:30AM
Sunday Worship 10:30AM
Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod - 2701W Kichaks Landing
& Co. J
Mercer WI 54547
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Sunday Service - 9A.M.
Bible Study 10:30A.M.
Isaac Jogues Catholic Church
2611W Garnett St
Mercer WI 54547
Father Michael T. Hayden
/Pastor..715-476-2697 Deacon Norbert Brossmer .........715- 476-2168
Saturday - 6:00P.M ;
Sunday - 9:00A.M. Wed&Thurs 8:30PM
Rectory Hours - 9:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. (12-1 closed)
2679 Co. J & Margaret St.
Mercer WI 54547
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Larry Olson 715-776-2323
Sunday Worship- 9:30AM (Coffee hour after
Co. J, 2 blocks East of Hwy 51
Lutheran Church/ WI Synod
4947N Hwy 51
Mercer WI 54547
Pastor Tim Johnson
Sunday worship -9:00AM
Sunday School - 10:15AM (Sept - May)
Visitors Welcome - One mile south of Mercer on Hwy 51
5189N Clinic St
Mercer WI 54547
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Offering Complete family Care.
Dr. Nils Olson, D.O Peggy Bronsberg, APNP
Box 146-5221N Hwy 51
Mercer WI 54547
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Family Dentistry- Jeff Nehring.
I practice all phases of general
dentistry and accept most insurance policies. My office hours are
Follow the footsteps of Native
Americans, voyagers, and first settlers as they journeyed through Iron
County on the famous Flambeau Trail. Learn how transportation, via this
ancient "woodland highway" and later by railroad opened up
northern Wisconsin to new settlers and development.
Gateway to The
Flambeau Trail Native Americans and voyagers landed their canoes here to
portage beaver pelts and trade goods between the Chippewa villages and
Northwest Fur Trading Posts. The route used for these trips from La
Pointe, on Madeline Island, to Lac du Flambeau, 90 miles to the south,
became known as the Flambeau Trail.
Native American footpath, called the Flambeau Trail, originally started
here at the Mouth of the Montreal River. Ninety foot high Superior Falls
offers visitors a spectacular sight, but it was the first of many
impassable obstacles that forced travelers for centuries to portage
their goods and gear 45 miles over the Flambeau Trail to reach the
closest navigable waterway.
heritage of the area's Finnish immigrants is preserved at the National
Finnish American Cultural Center (Little Finland). The building's
timbers, once part of the huge Ashland ore docks, are notched together
using unique Finnish "fish tail" construction. Visit the Harma
House - an authentic Finnish homestead. Special celebrations on
traditional festival days feature dancers and choral groups. Traditional
Finnish gifts and hospitality.
Flambeau Trail Crossing:
Early travelers to Iron County may have stopped to rest here after
following the first 27 miles of the Flambeau Trail uphill from Lake
Superior and over the rugged Penokee Mountain Range.
Stand on the geological dividing line where water flows north to Lake
Superior and the Atlantic Ocean or south to the Mississippi River and
the Gulf of Mexico. Since the rivers north of the Divide were not
navigable, early travelers had to portage 45 miles from Lake Superior
across this point before they could reach a navigable waterway that
For centuries Native Americans and voyagers using the Flambeau Trail
carried their heavy birch bark canoes and cargo across the wide
"plain" between Echo and Grand Portage Lake. This was a summer
camping site favored by Chippewa Indian bands, who raised corn and
Mercer Depot and Historical Society: In 1889 travel by rail
replaced travel via the Flambeau Trail when the first passenger
train reached Mercer. The Mercer Depot, the only remaining wooden rail
depot in Iron County, has been restored to its turn-of-the-century
quaintness. It houses a delightful collection of railroad memorabilia
and the Mercer Historical Society. Open to the Public.
Timberman William Henry Roddis built a logging mill here and established
Manitowish as a railroad shipping point for timber throughout the
mid-1930's. No longer would logs have to float down the Manitowish River
to mill. Hardwood timber brought the railroad and helped to "open
up" this area for development.
Apostle Island Vista:
View the Apostle Island archipelago and learn how the islands of this
National Scenic Lakeshore were formed. On U.S. 2, 13 miles west of
Penokee Iron Range State Historic
Marker: The rugged Penokee
Range provides the backdrop for the story of how the discovery of iron
ore shaped the areas history. On U.S. 2, 12 miles west of Hurley.
Eagle Bluff Scenic Overlook:
A spectacular vista of two states and Lake Superior. South of U.S. 2 on
County D at the Eagle Bluff Golf Club, one mile west of Hurley.
Annala Round Barn:
The only barn in Wisconsin entirely made of massive field stones. Built
in 1917 by Finnish master stonemason Matt Annala, it is privately owned.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One mile north of
the corner of Dupont and Rein Roads, five miles south of Hurley.
Take a ride on the Roddis Line Heritage
Trail and relive the days when railroad logging was the only way to get
the "big" timber out of the woods.
Lake of the Falls:
Lumberjacks drove white pine logs over beautiful Lake of the Falls to
mills downstream until the pine was cut over in 1905. The valuable
virgin hardwood timber that remained didn't float. Find out how a new
solution to moving timber from logging camps to the mill was
Turtle Flambeau Flowage:
Called the "Crown Jewel of Northern Wisconsin" this 19,000
acre flowage was purchased by the State of Wisconsin in 1990 as a
"special recreation area" to preserve its natural character
and scenic value. Excellent opportunities for boating, canoeing, island
camping, and wildlife viewing. Located between County Hwy. FF and State
Hwy. 182 in the Mercer and Springstead areas.
Resorts: Recognizing that the area's clear lakes and cool summer air
could draw weary city dwellers, enterprising pioneer settlers opened
resort businesses here as early as 1905. Area resorts continue to
provide gracious lodging and dining cuisine that has made memorable
north woods vacations for nearly a century.
Turtle-Flambeau Hydro Dam:
"The Hoover Dam" of Iron County. Built in 1926 at the
junction of the Turtle and Flambeau Rivers, it created the Turtle
Flambeau Flowage, Picnic area and canoe put-in for the North Fork of the
Flambeau River. On Turtle Flambeau Dam Road on County FF.
Road back to the days when white pine was king and the immense
"inexhaustible" stands of timber brought French Canadian
loggers and settlers eager to make their fortunes in Iron County's
Springstead Historic District: For
centuries, Native Americans bands came each spring to tap ancient maple
trees on the bank of Stone Lake, French Canadian loggers built log
cabins here at the turn of the century. At this site the town of
Springstead grew, was abandoned, and is now being restored. Site
development in progress. Open to the public. Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
As the white pine was depleted,
the lumberman transferred their attention to establishing resorts,
many of these are still in existence today.
Picture of the newly constructed warming cabin
(Hemlock Chalet) at trail head B".
MECCA TRAIL CONDITIONS
Enjoy winter family fun
in Mercer, where there is something for all ages to experience.
Experience the Mecca Trails near Mercer, with the rolling terrain,
vistas of the Little Turtle River & Flowage and a variety of
vegetation from aspen to pine plantation. They offer an annual moonlight
(candle lit) ski.
NORDIC SKI &
HIKING TRAILS-MECCA is a
non-motorized multi-use trail system. In winter the trails are
groomed for classical and skate skiing, as well as foot trails for snow shoeing. The terrain is suited for both beginners and advanced
skiers and there is a cozy log cabin shelter and privy. Watch for
the annual moonlight ski in January. Hikers and mountain
bikers will find wildlife watching an added amenity to the beautiful
vistas of the Little Turtle River and Flowage. The varied habitat,
from open wetlands to aspen and pine plantations, offers an exhilarating
and peaceful encounter with nature. The MECCA trail system
can be accessed at either of two trail heads.
Take Hwy. 51 to FF to Popko Cr. E. to Joe's Shack Rd, or Hwy. 51
to Beachway Dr. to Mercer Lake Cir. towards the sanitary district.
Turtle Trail is approximately 4 miles of beautiful woods.
Experience a trail that meanders along the shores of the Turtle Flambeau
Flowage over a beaver pond and along the old logging trails.
Located 15 miles west of Hwy. 51. Turn left on OMeara Road and
travel 1 mile to entrance of the cross country trail.
Big Snow Country -Iron
County lies in the heart of Big Snow Country, with mountains of the most
dependable, fluffy, white snow you can find in the Midwest. Four major
downhill ski areas lie in Big Snow Country, with Wisconsin's largest
downhill ski area, Whitecap Mountains, right here in Iron County. Other
Big Snow Country ski areas; Big Powderhorn Mountain, Blackjack Mountain
and Indianhead Mountain are located within 10 miles of the Iron County
border in Michigan.
Snow blanketed forests
filled with the sights and sounds of the Wisconsin North Woods is
what allures many Snowmobilers to Iron County. Boasting nearly 200
inches of snow annually and over 450 miles of meticulously groomed
trails and great reasons to set your sights on this beautiful
county for your next riding adventure. Riders can also experience
the mining heritage of days gone by with many remnants of how Iron
County received its name.
Mercer, is a popular snowmobile hub located in southeastern Iron
County, is a great place to begin your riding adventure. Mercer is the destination of
choice for many riders wishing to enjoy a delicious meal or
rest after a long on the trails in one of many comfortable
lodging accommodations. Trails of interest throughout this county are numerous.
Iron County, filled with
wonderful scenery and rich iron mining heritage, is an excellent
choice to spend a week or weekend exploring all this area has to
offer. Snowmobilers will be able to experience fine dining and
great accommodations to compliment their trail adventures.
WELCOME TO MERCER IN THE HEART OF
HISTORIC IRON COUNTY
Today, Mercer is known
for the natural beauty of its surroundings. Offering quiet,
tension-free lifestyles for all ages. It has an excellent school
system, a new library and renovated community building, legal and
medical facilities and a strong retail base. The current
population is 1,925.
Mercer is in the heart of
a vast, open country. No other area in Wisconsin provides more
authentic wilderness, or greater abundance of virgin vacation land, than
the lake area of Mercer.
Much of Wisconsin has
been invaded by traffic and tourists, but this area remains unspoiled.
It offers you a clean, fresh world, renewed with every change of season,
here at the top of the state. Each year brings more Mercer
history, we hope you will enjoy sharing a little
of our town’s past and present. We can provide all the
conveniences so necessary to a successful family vacation.
Come visit Mercer,
the “Loon Capital” in the Heart of the Northwoods!
214 Lakes including the Famous 14,000
Turtle Flambeau Flowage
Over 125,000 acres of clean waters
teeming with game fish
Nearly 300 miles of trout streams
450 miles of groomed snowmobile
250 miles of atv trails
377,900 acres of forest land
Sand Beaches, cool forests,
sun-filled days and brisk nights
Boating, swimming, hiking, biking,
nature study, hunting, fishing, archery, golfing, and loon watching
15 waterfalls throughout Iron County
You’ll find it all in Mercer and
all set in the natural beauty and serenity of the True Northwoods
A Little Mercer
Geologists traveled through Mercer early
in 1848 following the “Flambeau Trail” to the North end of Long Lake
from Lake Superior.
The first Mercer school was erected in
1894. It was in this year that the first train arrived in Mercer
signaling the beginning of the early settlers, roads, mills, stores and
other business. In 1909, Mercer had its first battle with typhoid fever,
while 1911 brought forest fires, burning many acres and threatening
lives. 1916 , the fury of a cyclone swept across Long Lake and again in
The early 1930’s saw the Capone
brothers, Al, Ralph, George and Matte, vacationing at the Jack Solomon
lodge. They were guided by Mitch Babic and Louis Stephy. Ralph Capone
returned to Mercer years later, built a home and was one of Mercer’s
most respected, well-liked residents, always ready to help his fellow
The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage was created
in 1926 by the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company (CFIC) as a
water retention reservoir to provide flood control and a dependable
supply of water for down-stream hydroelectric generating stations. The
creation of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and improved transportation
significantly altered tourism in Iron County. The flowage flooded 16
named lakes and many acres of upland. Many early resorts were located in
the area that is now flooded and were forced to move--some to higher
ground, others out of the area. As compensation for property lost during
the land acquisition stage, property owners were offered money or land.
Since most chose to take the cash settlement, the land along the flowage
today is very sparsely developed.
The flowage, in turn, also attracted
tourists. What had been good fishing before became even better, and more
people came to test the waters. In the 1930’s, a large Civilian
Conservation Corp (CCC) camp was established in the Mercer-Manitowish
area (Camp 79S, Company 660). The CCC, along with the Works Progress
Administration (WPA), cleared the land, improved and paved roads, and
began to manage the remaining forest lands and replant areas that had
been logged. This made the area more accessible and popular to tourists,
and many new resorts opened to service them.
Over the years, these resorts have had
many visitors, some of them notorious, adding some interesting fodder to
the area’s history. John Dillinger frequented the area. Al Capone, the
Chicago gangster, fished in the flowage area many times, especially in
the years after he was released from prison. Charlie Comiskey, founder
of the White Sox baseball team, used Jerome’s Hunting and Fishing Club
on Trude Lake as a place for rest and relaxation for himself and his
Long-time residents tell wonderful
stories of coming north on the train, the entire household and livestock
in the same boxcar. Of walking miles to Mercer on snowshoes for supplies
during snow-in months. Snowplows pulled by five horse teams with men
shoveling before the plow so the horses could get through.
In later years, with the decline of
lumbering, Mercer became a popular vacation area for fishing and
hunting. A naturally beautiful area,
with 200 lakes within 20 minutes.
home of great fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, lodging in
hotels, motels, cabins and resorts. Also home of the Turtle
Flambeau Flowage and it's fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and
wilderness camping opportunities.
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