History of Gordon
In the beginning, this
was an untamed
wilderness, rivers and lakes and glimmering pools, vast
of endless green forests extending westward to the prairie
To this untamed land came the trader, missionary
and soldier. Again,
their ghostly campfires seem to burn, and
the fitful light is cast around
on Lord and Vassel and black-robed
Priest, mingled with wild forms of
savage warriors, knit in close
fellowship on the same stern errand.
That errand was to wrest
this wilderness from the primeval sleep of
St. Croix river and tributaries was long an ancient trade route
path of the Chippewa and Sioux Indian Tribes. The
these tribes was finally settled in a last great
battle on this river,
when the Chippewa warriors under Chief Buffalo
defeated the Sioux whose
defeated band retired to the prairies to
fight the last great Indian wars
against the white invader.
It was truly the land of
Hiawatha, where members of the so-called
ost tribe of the Turtle clan
hunted, fished, trapped, fought and
pursued their ancient culture and
worshipped their gods.
History of Wascott
As you explore
present day Wascott, you will discover many interesting remnants of its
early years. In the northwest area, after a drive along a scenic
road, there remains the copper mine once worked by pioneer miners.
Third and fourth generation forests will remind you of the once booming
logging business. Occasionally, in the woods, you will discover
the residue of an old logging camp or trading post, rusted pots and
pans, a miniature flat iron, or parts of old boots.
A visit to the Wascott
Kreide Cemetery, established a century ago, will reveal pioneer family
names on the headstones, the same family names that you can find in the
local telephone directory today. If you look closely, you will
find a Civil War veteran among the WWI and II veterans, the same family
names that carry over into the more recent wars, too.
Invariably you will need to
cross a railroad track. At the turn of the last century Wascott
was a stopping place for many railroads; in fact, the town name is
derived from an official of the Chicago, St Paul, Mpls and Omaha
railroad - W. A. Scott. The rooming house is still there, now a
private residence. Nearby is the Historic Community Church
dedicated on 1 March 1914, the Wascott Town Hall and the original
Hoffman one-room schoolhouse across from it - for all to visit.
Then, as it is now, the 54
major lakes, plus innumerous other smaller bodies of water, attracted
settlers to stop and stay awhile, often trying a hand at farming near a
lake. We invite you, too, to enjoy our history and our pleasures.
was created by an Act
of Legislature on
February 8, 1854, and was named after United State
Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois who was financially interested in
the new settlement. The settlement, located at the mouth of
the Nemadji River, was known as Superior. Douglas County,
county in the State (land area), lies in the Northwest
corner of the
Indian Head Country and the State. Superior is the
county seat of
government and the home of our Court House,
which is considered the finest
Court House in the Northwest.
Today, there are forty-one supervisors
on the County Board
representing twenty wards in the City of Superior,
ated villages and sixteen towns.
Sesquicentennial was celebrated in 2010