Winneconne Historical Society

Steamboat House

One of the largest intact artifacts of the early steamboats that plied the Wolf River system is a two-story steamboat cabin that was found hidden in a house along the shore of Lake Butte des Morts.

What is known is that the cabin was brought ashore by a prominent maritime family, but the actual identity has not been determined. These steamboats traversed Wisconsin waterways from the 1850s till late in the 1920s.

The house with the two-story steamboat cabin interior was donated to the Winneconne Historical Society who moved it to its museum complex in Marble Park during the summer of 2001. In order to move this 1922 structure and restore it to a usable condition, the Winneconne Historical Society carried on a fund-raising program and applied for grant money and had matching funds.

The Steamboat housed maritime displays along with other special Historical Society displays, which are always changing. Visitors will always have something different to learn about. People will be treated to a look into the past in an actual steamboat structure.

Maritime displays along with other special Historical Society displays will be ready for visitors in 2006. People will be treated to a look into the past in an actual steamboat structure.

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