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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 22mi 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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  • I had not been there in fifty years and it is just as tranquil now as it was then and still clean. I like the displays they have of old tools, kitchen articles used in the past too in one of the old....  more »
  • We stopped to see this magnificent monument to the lumber industry in our great state! It's a pretty site to see among the trees, along with the historic buildings nearby, the stairs down to the Au...  more »
  • We had an awesome time visiting this historical place! The scenery was beautiful. First time walking down the stairs to see the lake up close. We really enjoyed all the exhibits and my son had fun on the huge log structure that was built. There are bathrooms there and the option to eat lunch or even camp. The next day, we went for a bike ride on one of the many trails through the National Forest. It was beautiful! Awesome experience.
  • We stopped here while on vacation and my family LOVED it! It was such a fun, historic adventure for us. We loved the gift shop and listening to the stories about how the lumber men used to work there. We will definitely be going back.

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