Tote Roads & Stopping Places

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Rusk County GenWeb-Home Page Rusk County GenWeb-County Page Rusk County GenWeb-Settlements Page Rusk County GenWeb-Government Records Page Rusk County GenWeb-Historical Society Page Rusk County GenWeb-NewsPage "Toting" is the term used to describe the hauling of goods or freight by oxen and wagon. Tote roads were the roads created in the early history of the county which provided a way for these goods or freight to be transported to and from lumber camps and small settlements.

At frequent locations along the route travelers were able to find "stopping places." These were places where they could get food, lodging, and a place to rest their animals. Some of the earliest settlements grew up around the stopping places.

The following information was derived from the pamphlet, "Historical Rusk County - A Guide to the Past." The complete pamphlet can be obtained (for a cost of $1.00 as of Fall 2000) from the Rusk County Historical Society. Their mailing address is:

Rusk County Historical Society
N2754 Dicus Rd.
Ladysmith, WI 54848

  • 101 Tote Road
  • Battle Slough Tote Road
  • Big Bend House Stopping Place
  • Bruno Vinette Stopping Place
  • Burpee's Stopping Place
  • Chippewa Tote Road
  • Grand Rapids House Stopping Place
  • Hackett Farm Stopping Place
  • Ice Road Tote Road
  • Johnson's Stopping Place
  • Knapp-Stout Tote Road
  • Murry Homestead Stopping Place
  • Murry Stopping Place
  • Oak Grove Stopping Place
  • Old Ducommun Stopping Place
  • Serley Camp
  • Soft Maple House Stopping Place
  • Tom Kelly's Stopping Place
  • Walker Stopping Place

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