Sigurd and the St. Croix

Famed author and wilderness advocate Sigurd F. Olson had a deep connection to the St. Croix River region.

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Sigurd and Elizabeth Olson's grave marker

Sigurd Olson’s fame centers on his writing and his work to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, but he was also an outspoken advocate for what became the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and its protection of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Sig is buried on the banks of the Namekagon in tiny Seeley, Wisconsin. His wife was from Seeley and the two of them are buried in her family’s plot.

Across the adjacent highway is a stand of old growth forest donated by her family. There’s a simple sign that says “Uhrenholdt Forest,” but there’s a nice trail that hardly anyone knows about.


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