Recently I was contacted by the Historic Preservation Department for Lac du Flambeau. The cache location was being landscaped and the Historical Sign was being replaced. Above is a Before and After Picture.
Lac du Flambeau means Lake of the Torches,
Lac du Flambeau has been a permanent settlement of the Chippewa Indian Nation since 1745, when Chief Sharpened Stone led his band to this lake. Nearby lakes furnished a fine setting for Indian life, with wild rice in season and plentiful fish witch were taken at night by the light of flaming torches hence the name “Flambeau”. The tribe was loyal to the American colonies never taking sides with the British or French and fought with the union forces in the civil war. Old Abe, American Eagle mascot of the Eighth Wisconsin in the Civil War, was captured a few miles below this point by a Flambeau Indian. In 1792 the Northwest Fur Trading Co. established the Lac Du Flambeau department for the Wisconsin River area trade. Forts and posts remained on this shore for about 50 years.
This is a simple Park and Grab with a quick History leson.
Recently when doing maintenance on this cache I was made aware of the Historic Preservation Department for Lac du Flambeau, their office is in the basement of the George W. Brown, Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center. The Museum is located at 603 Peace Pipe Rd. Lac du Flambeau. It’s a very short drive to down town from GZ. If you’re a History Buff like me I highly recommend you take a little time and check the Museum out. There is a small charge, $4 - Adult $3 - Seniors and Children.