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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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  • This is my favorite place for communing with my BFF Ma Nature. It just seems to embody the essence of everything I think of as "Up North": woods, water, tranquility. The bronze monument that gives the...  more »
  • This was a nice scenic stop along the river road. The visitor's center was closed when we got there so we only visited the monument outside and saw the view of the river from up high. Beautiful views ...  more »
  • This is a place filled with the history of the lumber era in Michigan. A quite place in the Huron National Forest that has a lot of interest for anyone Interested in the history of Michigan.  more »