Conover, Vilas County, Wisconsin

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    Conover is the furthest upstream town on the Wisconsin River. A small town, it began in the late 19th Century and survives today. At one time it was a station on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and a branch line extended from Conover to Phelps, Vilas County, Wisconsin.

    A long-time landmark in the town was Denton's a gift shop, which, according to an article in the Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin, began as an outlet for the manufacture of cedar souviners.

    Charles P. Forbes
    August 9, 2006
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    Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church. Cookbook. Conover, 1990. View Full Entry
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    Steigerwaldt, Edward. Forests: Meal Ticket for Small Communities: XVII. Conover, Vilas County. [Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin, 21:5, May 1956, pp. 18-19.] Madison, 1956. View Full Entry
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    Minor References

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