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A Northwoods Moment In History

We turn back the clock with local historians to find out what life in the Northwoods used to be like. This is part of an initiative by WXPR to tell the history and culture of northern Wisconsin.

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  • Rhinelander resident Henry Hanson was a captain onboard a ship during World War I when it was torpedoed by German U Boats.
  • Although relatively slow moving, trains do not stop easily. No shortage of vehicles or persons came head-to-head with locomotives in their time, often with fatal effect. So too did trains occasionally collide with other trains. One such incident occurred at Rhinelander in the summer of 1951.
  • The Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander is purported to be one of the most photographed buildings in northern Wisconsin. Let’s learn a little bit about it with Director of the Pioneer Park Historical Complex Kerry Bloedorn.
  • Many talented and intriguing personalities have called northern Wisconsin home throughout history, from the naturalist Sam Campbell to actress Joan Valerie, and baseball player Cy Williams. But this musically magical couple stands apart from the rest.
  • In 1947, the Henkelmann family moved to Arbor Vitae. Henry and Mary built Henkelmann's Museum, opening around 1950.
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, is one of the most storied and well thought of government programs in United States History. The CCC left a legacy that has withstood the tests of time, and evidence of it can be seen in parks, landscapes, and communities across America, including the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
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    A Northwoods Case for the X-Files
    This an archived episode of A Northwoods Moment in History. It originally aired July 24,2019.During WXPR's Curious North road trip in June, Shane B. asked…
  • Before the days of ground penetrating technology and advancements in geological study, people presumed oil could be found almost anywhere as long as a drill could reach deep enough into the earth.
  • In 1925 steel was being rolled for a new train engine at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania. A logging engine had been commissioned by the Thunder Lake Lumber Company located in the northern Wisconsin city of Rhinelander.
  • After four years of sharing special moments of history from all across the Northwoods, Gary Entz is putting down the microphone and picking back up his pen.