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The Wolf Tree

Wolves were a problem for early Marshall settlers, especially during the night. Platforms were built in several tall oak trees around town where men would stand guard to ensure everyone's safety. There was a tree by the fountain circle, on the south side of town where the majority of the population lived, and also in the middle of present day Mansion Street between today's Oaklawn Hospital and the Franke Center for the Arts.

This is the tree Lyman Fish "The Wolf Hunter" would perch upon, keeping a sharp lookout during long cold winter nights. This last Wolf Tree was removed in 1875, but not before a local photographer snapped this picture showing the wolf platform in its branches.

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Image courtesy of the Marshall Historical Society.