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Local Information & Links (see below) for Washburn County, WI
Washburn County was named for former Wisconsin Governor Cadwallader Washburn (1818-1882).

He served as our Governor and as a U.S. Congressman;  was a Civil War colonel, a newspaperman, and also owned flour mills in Minneapolis.He had been involved with the railroads and was president of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at the time of his death.

The original settlement town known as "Mud Lake" was renamed "Spooner" for Colonel John C. Spooner, the attorney for the railroad.

For more interesting facts about Spooner, take  the 'Heritage Tour' . Or talk to Sharon Tarr, the local historian. She has published 2 moderately priced books on the area's history and it's people. 715-635-2486

Number of Lakes See Lakes page
Rivers Brill, Clam, Namekagon, Ounce, Totagatic, Yellow
Major Watershed St Croix River (North), Chippewa River (South)

Washburn County, WI

  Population (2000): 16,036
  Location: 45.9001 N, 91.7911 W   
  
Area 809.7 sq miles
Elevation...1,230 ft at Shell Lake
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Mileage to Spooner, Wisconsin

  • Chicago..................419 miles
  • Des Moines...........386 miles
  • Milwaukee.............345 miles
  • Twin Cities..............110 miles
  • Indianapolis...........607 miles
  • Michigan.................226 miles
  • Duluth/Superior.......85 miles
Border Counties

North:   Douglas County

East:    Sawyer County

South:   Barron County

West:    Burnett County

 

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