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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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  • The Lumberman's Monument is a great place to visit if one is interested in Michigan history. There are many displays of how they lived, pictures, and many relics that have been uncovered and put on di...  more »
  • On our Fall color tour we also stopped here and took the stairs to the waters edge. Found out how out of shape I was......but worth the effort.  more »
  • What a testament to the lumbermen of Michigan! The views of the Au Sable River are amazing, and would like to take a trip up here in the fall to see the colors, as I have only ever been in the summer....  more »