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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 Bible, 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 located 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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  • August 13, 2017
    Our family has been here multiple times and it never disappoints. The view is amazing and the trails are well marked and well maintained. You have to run down the big sand dune while here!!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We came here years ago with our Boy Scout troop and the boys had fun. This time we just stopped by for a half-hour on the way to Iargo Springs. Nice view from the top, nice gift store, clean bathroom ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We visited the first weekend in August. The weather was cool which was nice for the long walk down the stairs and back up. Great stand with gifts and information. There's also trails to walk which my ...  more »

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