Where your adventure to the Great Outdoors begins!
Western Taylor County, the gateway to the Chequamegon, is where your adventure to the great outdoors can begin. Your BRIDGE to serenity in a natural setting, away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life. Hunting, fishing, nature hiking and the natural beauty of the Chequamegon abounds.
Western Taylor County is for people who want to enjoy life in the slow lane….for a vacation, weekend trip or to relocate your family. You will find a calendar of delightful small-town festivals, celebrations and attractions to enjoy all year long. Pristine lakes, an abundance of nature trails, handicapped hunting trails, snowmobile and ATV trails abound for plenty of family fun. Access the Ice Age Trail to experience the solitude of the Chequamegon National Forest and to test your talent hiking, cross country skiing or snow shoeing. You may want to test your fishing talents at Miller Dam's annual fishing contest or fish in solitude along our lakes and streams which brings nature to the forefront of your adventure into Western Taylor County.
For more community information, visit these websites: Gilman, Jump River, Lublin, Town of Grover, Taylor County, Wisconsin Tourism
Before the 1850s the Western Taylor County area was a vast woodland inhabited by the Chippewa, Menominee, Huron and Kickapoo tribes. They lived close to nature, migrated through the forest paths and traveled along the rivers we still enjoy today. The Northwest Lumber Company began cutting the forests by establishing lumber camps close by the waterways. In winter logs were collected to float downriver in the spring. When the logging continued away from the rivers the SM&P Railroad established a regular route through Gilman and Hannibal to Jump River. Two trains each day provided goods and services well before graded roads reached into the area.
In the early 1910's, after the forests were exhausted, the railroad pulled up the spur lines and the lumber company moved west into the Rockys. The land was sold, stumps cleared and the soil developed into rich farmland. Family dairy farms, once so numerous, now grow beef and cash crops. The second and third growth forests now provide popular hunting and hiking opportunities and the rivers once again provide passage for canoes and naturalists.