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Lumberman's Monument, Oscoda

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Lumberman's Monument is a monument dedicated to the workers of the early logging industry in Michigan. Standing at 14 feet, the bronze statue features a log surrounded by three figures: a timber cruiser holding a compass, a sawyer with his saw slung over his shoulder, and a river rat resting his peavey on the ground. The granite base of the statue is engraved with a memorial that reads "Erected to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer lumbermen of Michigan through whose labors was made possible the development of the prairie states." It is also inscribed with the names of the logging families who dedicated their time and efforts to the industry in the area. It was built in 1931, dedicated in 1932 and is managed by the USDA Forest Service. It is located in the northeastern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan along the Au Sable River within Huron-Manistee National Forests. Access to the park is on River Road, which intersects M-65 west of Oscoda, Michigan. Monument Road, from East Tawas, also leads directly to the monument, which is in Oscoda Township in Iosco County. The monument is part of the River Road Scenic Byway, a 22-mile (35 km) drive between Oscoda and South Branch that runs parallel with the beautiful Au Sable River. It is a designated National Scenic Byway.
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  • Great views. Great history. Located on the high banks trail. We hiked to the canoe monument and back, a lot of which was on the utility pole clearing which was a little disappointing. 
    Great views. Great history. Located on the high banks trail. We hiked to the canoe monument and back, a lot of which was on the utility pole clearing which was a little disappointing.  more »
  • Great place to visit. Perfect for one day trip. Very nice information about history about loggers in Michigan. Nice to see statue and read details about it. There are 250 steps down which leads to... 
    Great place to visit. Perfect for one day trip. Very nice information about history about loggers in Michigan. Nice to see statue and read details about it. There are 250 steps down which leads to...  more »
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  • One of the best stops I've ever made. Amazing place. Great staircase down to the water. Very cool history. Take your kids phones away from them and make them get out of the car and explore this place. Can even go swim in river at base of the dune. It's a huge climb in the sand so they will be tired the rest of the car ride that day.
  • I love this, lots of trails and fun place to visit. The sand dune is very fun as well!

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