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The Graveyard of the Chippewa Flowage, page 2

The Graveyard of
Chippewa Flowage
Many people don't know this, but the wonderful, wildnerness lake that is Chippewa Flowage was created by men. In the 1920's the Winter Dam was built by the local power company. This caused the land to be flooded, including the town of Post and much of the Native American settlement in the area. Everyone was warned in advance so noone was killed by this event (to my knowledge) but it was a tragedy for the Native Americans who originally settled there. Along with the destruction of many of their food sources (wild rice and cranberries), they had many ancestors buried there. The power company offered to help move graves and many were, yet some were not. After the flood, bones and remains of many of the ancestors washed up onto shore creating many generations of pain for the local Native Americans. The photos on this page were taken on one of the many islands of the Big Chip. This particular island (what used to be just a hill in the area before the flood) used to house a church (I think Catholic...) and a small graveyard. Many graves are empty because those were the remains that were relocated prior to the flood. Two graves remain, however, those of Joe Roy and Private Charles Jockey. There is a church foundation and cross remaining as well. It's a tranquil, beautiful place. If you happen to stumble across it on your trip through the Chip, please treat it with respect, like all of the other people who have visited it thus far.

There is a book called "Pacwawong --Where the River Bends" that is sold in the bookstore on the mainstreet of Hayward. This book tells the painful story of the birth of the Chippewa Flowage and is a must read for anyone who enjoys and appreciates this area today.

The dark oblong areas in this photo are empty graves.
There are many on this island.


This is the "road" to the church.
Someone, probably the DNR, laid birch trees to
form a path to the location of the church.


The gravestone of Joe Roy in the distance.





Eddie paying his respects.





 Another open, empty grave.
Some offerings left by visitors: native and non-native people alike have paid their respects here.