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Beyond Milwaukee: The Christmas tree ships

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Beyond Milwaukee: The Christmas tree ships
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Gregg Hoffmann, Beyond Milwaukee

This time of the year, you can see truckloads of Christmas trees heading south from the Northwoods to Milwaukee, Chicago and other markets.

But, at one time in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the most popular modes of transportation for those trees were schooners.

More than 50 Christmas tree schooners have been documented on the Great Lakes alone. And, the practice of hauling trees via boat was not exclusive to the lakes. Schooners often carried trees to markets throughout the Northeast, and there's at least one account of a ship taking refrigerated trees to Hawaii.   more...

 



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