Place:Vilas, Wisconsin, United States

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Vilas County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,430. Its county seat is Eagle River.

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History

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Settlement

Vilas County was set off from Oneida County on April 12, 1893 and named for William Freeman Vilas. The earliest inhabitants of Vilas County were members of the Chippewa band of Native Americans; the first recorded white settler was a man named Ashman who established a trading post in Lac du Flambeau in 1818. In the 1850s a number of wagon roads and trails were constructed through Vilas County including the Ontonogan Mail Trail and a Military Road from Fort Howard to Fort Wilkins in Copper Harbor, Michigan.[1]

Logging era

Vilas County's forests were extensively logged in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many dams were built throughout the county to assist loggers as they sent their timber downstream to the lumber and paper mills in the Wisconsin River valley.[1]

Timeline

Date Event Source
1889 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1893 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1893 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1893 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1900 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1900 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1900 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1910 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1900 4,929
1910 6,019
1920 5,649
1930 7,294
1940 8,894
1950 9,363
1960 9,332
1970 10,958
1980 16,535
1990 17,707

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