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Logging pike from 1800s given to Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A piece of Chippewa Valley logging history has found its home in a local museum.

A logging pike, which was found by a local resident back in the 1960s, has been turned over to the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum to preserve. Logging pikes were multi-purpose tools used by loggers to push or pull logs around in the water.

The camp’s executive director Mike Ekenstedt told News 18 it was likely dropped on the job during the late 1800s or early 1900s.

“It’s rather amazing to have something that, given where it was found, I would say with relative certainty that it was with the Daniel Shaw Logging Company,” said Ekenstedt. “To know what company it probably worked with, a piece of Eau Claire history, is pretty remarkable.”

Ekenstedt also said it’s not uncommon for people to find logging artifacts along the shoreline that run through Eau Claire. If you find anything you think belongs in a Museum, Ekenstedt mentioned the Paul Bunyan Camp can help you get it to a permanent home.

Samantha Wensel

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