Martin Pattison was born January 17th, 1841, to Simeon Thayer Pattison, and Emmarilla Pattison.
As a young man, he entered the lumbering business as a common laborer and successfully advanced.
In 1879 he married Grace E. Frink at Marquette, Michigan. They had had eight children together.
The Pattisons came to Wisconsin, settled in Superior, and Mr. Pattison established a logging business along the Black River.
Selling his lumber interests, he explored for iron ore on the Vermilion Range. As a result of his efforts, he located the famous Chandler and Pioneer mines.
Mr. Pattison's success brought him great wealth. In 1880, he built a 42-room Victorian-style mansion.
Pattison served his community both as sheriff and mayor of Superior.
In 1917, Pattison learned of a plan to build a power dam on the Black River. He secretly purchased 660 acres and gave the land to the people of Wisconsin for a state park in 1918. By the end of the year Mr. Pattison had died.
In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps labored to transform this area into one of the finest of Wisconsin's State parks.
This state park is named for Martin Pattison. Thanks to his foresight and generosity we are able to enjoy this place of wondrous beauty.
The Pattison home, called Fairlawn, still stands. Today it is the home of the Douglas County Historical Museum.
Remains of his logging camp can still be seen today from the park's Logging Camp Trail.
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