Cornucopia | Bayfield County

Cornucopia (Bayfield County)
"Western Gateway to the Apostle Islands"
Census-designated place in the Town of Bell
Established 1903
Population: 109

Cornucopia Snippets

     ★ Land developer Thomas J. Stevenson is credited as the founder of Cornucopia.

     ★ Cornucopia is affectionately known as "Corny".

     ★ Logging camps and sawmills at Cornucopia and Siskiwit Lake operated from 1894-1914; 8.5 million board feet shipped out in 1894. Steve Smith’s Camp and Miller’s Camp both employed 40 men. In 1894, with six teams they processed” 3.5 million feet with 2 million feet on skids” and “3 million feet with 2 million feed on skids”, respectively. The Frank Pleas Lumber Camp reported 56 males and two females in a June 1895 census. About 60 men worked at the Simpson & Company lumber camp.

     ★ In 1910 U.S. Census Taker S. K. Ogren visited 59 Cornucopia homes and counted “263 people, 16 states listed as birth places with the majority born in Wisconsin, and 9 countries listed as birth places – 32 Austria and 16 Russia and one person was born at sea”.

     ★ After sitting idle for three years, the Thompson Fleith Lumber Company’s Cornucopia mill was destroyed by fire in September 1920. Also lost was machinery just purchased by the Chicago Iron and Metal Company of Ashland. In operation from 1906 until 1914, the mill once employed as many as 125 men.

     ★ In April 1923 three carloads of picric acid weighing about 65,000 pounds was ordered by Washburn County Agent V. E. Brubaker to be distributed to area farmers, including those at Cornucopia. A “highly nitrated organic compound” picric acid was used primarily as an explosive.

     ★ The Door County Advocate reported in September 1924 that the Northern Wisconsin Hydro-Electirc Power Company had completed “extensive improvements” to their Orienta Falls plant and were making additional plans “to double the capacity of the plant within the next year”. The existing $160,000 in additions and improvements had resulted in “60 miles of 22,000-volt three-phase transmission lines, interconnecting…Bayfield, Cornucopia, Herbster, Port Wing and Iron River”.

     ★ In 2014, Lake Superior froze solid, providing a very rare opportunity to access the Apostle Islands ice caves where “dazzling ice formations” adorned “red sandstone cliffs”, their faces “encased in inches of ice”, “waterfalls frozen in place”, and icicles everywhere “glistening in the sun”. Access reports went viral, bringing more than 136,000 people through Corny on their way to Meyers Beach where the National Park Service had set up busses to take people to the caves.

Green Shed Museum

Cornucopia Day, A Celebration of Hope
Held annually the 2nd Saturday of August

Cornucopia is located in Bayfield County.

Wisconsin Historical Society "official" Marker 28:
"Tragedy of the Siskiwit"
was erected in Cornucopia in 1955.
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"Cornucopia . . . Bounty from the Land and Water" Historical Marker
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"Cornucopia . . . Bringing Home the Catch" Historical Marker
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Little Wisconsin will be available May 7, 2019.

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