Sayner, Wisconsin

Coordinates: 45°59′10″N 89°31′58″W / 45.98611°N 89.53278°W / 45.98611; -89.53278
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Sayner, Wisconsin
Census-designated place
Sayner, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Sayner, Wisconsin
Sayner, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°59′10″N 89°31′58″W / 45.98611°N 89.53278°W / 45.98611; -89.53278
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.828 sq mi (4.73 km2)
 • Land1.826 sq mi (4.73 km2)
 • Water0.002 sq mi (0.005 km2)
1,670 ft (510 m)
 • Total207
 • Density110/sq mi (44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)715 & 534
GNIS feature ID1573765[1]

Sayner is a census-designated place in the Town of Plum Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States.[1] It is located at the intersection of Highway 155 and County N, about 15 miles northwest of Eagle River. As of the 2010 census, its population was 207.[2] Sayner has an area of 1.828 square miles (4.73 km2); 1.826 square miles (4.73 km2) of this is land, and 0.002 square miles (0.0052 km2) is water. Sayner got its name from Orrin W. Sayner, who settled the area in 1891, two years before any other settlers took up homes in the town.[3] In 1895, the Milwaukee Road extended its Valley Line north from Woodruff to Star Lake, with a stop in Sayner. The line primarily carried lumber from area forests, later carried tourists and had been abandoned in the middle 20th century.[4]

Sayner is home to the Vilas County Historical Society.

The community is the birthplace of the snowmobile, with the first "motor toboggan" built by Carl Eliason in 1924.[5]

Sayner is also home to one of the nation's oldest summer camps, Camp Highlands for Boys, founded in 1904, and located on the northeast end of Plum Lake.

Located on the south shore of Plum Lake, the Plum Lake Golf Course is the oldest nine-hole golf course in Wisconsin, founded in 1912.

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  1. ^ a b "Sayner, Wisconsin". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "Bibliography".
  5. ^ "Sayner, Wisconsin - Birthplace of the Snowmobile". Accessed August 22, 2006.

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