Bruce, WI

Town in Rusk County, WI

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Sponsors of Bruce, WI

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About Bruce, WI

The Village was platted in 1884 when the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railroad built east as far as Bruce that year. The town was named for A.C. Bruce, a lumberman who had land holdings in the area and reportedly operated a logging camp on the site of the present school.

The Village boomed as settlers came in and businesses were erected. Some of the first buildings were the MacArthur hotel (still in use), the former Blackburn Hotel, the former opera house (1904), and the Bruce News-letter office.

The MacArthur Hotel has been in continual use since 1902 by the same family, the MacArthurs. It was one hotel easily accessible to passengers getting off at the Soo Line Depot. Many lumberjacks stayed here while waiting for the train going to the Arpin Lumber Company and on up to Exeland.

The first real school house was on the street that runs along the west side of the MacArthur Hotel. This was a grade school. Mrs. Mary O’Brian was the first teacher.

Businesses of Bruce, WI

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Rusk County, WI

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Rusk County, WI page.