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 The Museum and Railroad Depot are available for viewing
 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Fridays-Monday from
 10:00am-4:00pm.  Artifacts and historical items are displayed
 at the Museum and Depot with a curator on duty during the
 summer months.    (see also

Douglas County  was created by an Act of Legislature on February 8, 1854, and was named after United State Senator, Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois who was financially interested in the new settlement.  The settlement, located at the mouth of the Nemadji River, was known as Superior.  Douglas County, fourth largest county in the State (land area), lies in the Northwest corner of the Indian Head Country and the State.  Superior is the county seat of government and the home of our Court House, which is considered the finest Court House in the Northwest.  Today, there are forty-one supervisors on the County Board representing twenty wards in the City of Superior, five incorporated villages and sixteen towns.

History of Gordon In the beginning, this was an untamed wilderness, rivers and lakes and glimmering pools, vast wastes of endless green forests extending westward to the prairie country. To this untamed land came the trader, missionary and soldier. Again, their ghostly campfires seem to burn, and the fitful light is cast around on Lord and Vassel and black-robed Priest, mingled with wild forms of savage warriors, knit in close fellowship on the same stern errand. That errand was to wrest this wilderness from the primeval sleep of centuries. The St. Croix river and tributaries was long an ancient trade route and war path of the Chippewa and Sioux Indian Tribes. The struggle between these tribes was finally settled in a last great battle on this river, when the Chippewa warriors under Chief Buffalo defeated the Sioux whose defeated band retired to the prairies to fight the last great Indian wars against the white invader. It was truly the land of Hiawatha, where members of the so-called lost tribe of the Turtle clan hunted, fished, trapped, fought and pursued their ancient culture and worshipped their gods.


GORDON-WASCOTT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP INFO: Gordon WI, open Memorial Day thru Labor Day, weekends 10am-4pm. Be sure to visit and enjoy the area history! Everyone welcome!

Our Membership Drive starts on Memorial Day weekend and continues through Labor Day each year. Junior Membership : $1.00 Single Membership : $5.00 Family Membership : $10.00 Lifetime Membership : $50.00

Memberships can be mailed to: G-WHS, PO Box 222, Gordon, WI 54838 or paid at the museum to our Curator, Pat Finstad Thank you to all who have supported us and who helped keep our history alive for future generations!!



Please Note:  This website is not the property of the Town of Gordon.  It is not funded by the Town.   Disclaimer:  This is a Community website, not the official Town of Gordon site.

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