History buffs can find a treasure trove of historical information when researching Eagle River. As early as 1853 the area was referred to as Eagle River due to the large numbers of eagles nesting along the Wisconsin River. It is believed that a Bethuel Draper and "Dutch Pete" Cramer who camped in the area were responsible for the name.
Up until 1925, Eagle River was mostly populated with lumberjacks, fur traders and Native Americans. The population at that time was somewhere between 1,500 and 1,600 people. The area didn’t become a tourist destination until after the invention of the automobile. In the mid-1800s St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church was founded, as well as a post office, bank and a couple of trading posts. The school and hospital were built in the latter part of the 1800s.
Today, Eagle River is a healthy community that supports its 1,400 residents and a bustling business, a burgeoning art community, and tourism economy. The downtown business district is complemented by growing business areas that surround the town. This development is supported by airport services and its locale intersected by three main highway routes.
Without a doubt, one of the most prominent features of Eagle River is its location on the Eagle River/Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. This extensive body of water, consisting of 28 lakes is the largest, inland freshwater chain in the world. Whether relaxing on your deck overlooking one of these lakes or exploring the extensive shoreline by boat, this is Northwoods living at its finest.
The Northern Pines School District boasts a thoroughly modern high school in addition to its K-8 school. Eagle River is also the county seat for Vilas County and offers wide-reaching services and community support.
To obtain more information about Eagle River, visit the Chamber of Commerce.
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