Download a PDF transcript of the History of Conover (4.4MB) This is the booklet that was printed and sold for $5 each. Now you can view, download and print from this link (many color photos also).
Download the Centenial Presentation (24.6MB)
This Centennial Presentation is a PowerPoint format which takes some time to download but it is worth it. Nearly 200 pages of text and photo descriptions of Conover’s past. This presentation ran continuously during the celebration in the Conover Center on July 1st. When viewing, you will have to hit your “Enter” key to move onto the next slide.
Welcome to a true “Northwoods Vacationland.” Conover is located on U. S. Highway 45 just South of the Michigan border in the heart of the lakes region. Seth Conover, for whom the Town is named, traveled to this area from Plymouth on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway back in the late 1800’s when logging was the only activity in these parts. His attraction to the areas was his love of hunting and fishing and he was consistently walking to the area around North Twin Lake. His consistent getting off the train at one specific spot later had the railroad men calling it the “Conover Stop” and it later appeared on railroad maps.
Conover was set aside from Eagle River on January 3, 1907 and later grew in size with the addition of more lands in 1914 and in 1920. Deeds show that Seth Conover had ownership of 73 acres of land on North Twin in 1891. He started the Twin Lakes Hunting Club which later became Lakota Resort. The popularity of the area drew an influx of visitors from the city. Once land was logged off, Scandinavian settlers who immigrated to the Iron Range of Northern Michigan then moved into the area where the logged off land was priced right and began to farm and start small business. “Up North” became a common term and tourism for all of Northern Wisconsin was born.
Today, Conover is approximately 100 square miles of a unique blend of forests, lakes, rivers and natural beauty in an area of over 600,000 acres of forests containing 1,200 lakes, 1,100 miles of trout streams and hundreds of miles of cross country ski trails, hiking, biking and snowmobile trails.
The headwaters of the Wisconsin River flows out of Lac Vieux Desert just a few miles Northeast of Conover and the scenic and historic river cuts through the heart of Conover. It offers a true wilderness canoe adventure as well as putting one in tune with nature and wildlife of all kinds.
Autumn in the Northwoods
Your Starting Point is Conover
What ever the season, the Northwoods of Conover offers a variety of recreation for our visitors of any age. The unique blend of rich, plush forest lands, sparkling blue waters of our lakes and rivers as well as the ability either lay back and relax or power play, we have it all. You can search for antiques, enjoy the wildlife outside the window, boat, ski, backpack, golf or bike through America’s great vacation land. Whether your shopping or enjoying the hundreds of activities offered here in the Northwoods, you are sure to find an activity that will be of interest and great enjoyment to you. Adventure awaits and we are the starting point.
Information about Meetings, Workshops and Hearing
Town Board Meetings
Held in the Conover Center on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Held in accordance with Statutes on the 3rd Tuesday of April each year. Time to be announced and posted.
Held annually after end of the 3rd quarter of the year and scheduled by the Town Board
Held in the Conover Center after a summary of the budget has been posted and workshops completed.
Note: All governmental meetings are posted in accordance with law. The postings are located at the Energy Mart, the Conover Chamber Information and Recreation Center and outside the Town Office at the Conover Center.
Did you know ?
. . . Conover not only had the Poet of the Pines, it had the talented Reed family – Charles Reed was a “carver” – wood and stone and his son Simon built and flew a glider in the 1920’s – imagine
. . . Conover had a very fine brick yard
. . . Last train left Conover in the Fall of 1960
. . . First Conover Mail Carrier was Charles Dobbs
. . . First school was at Lakota Resort
. . . Military Road went through in 1861
. . . CNW RR went through in 1883