The following words are of the short history of the original 180 acres which included the properties of the Anderson estate, then becoming Lofty Pines.
We learned that the first ‘sale’ of the property to a private individual took place in July of 1888 to James Mooney and sold for $1.25 per acre totaling $225.00 for the entire 180 acres. Lofty Pines Resort & R.V. Park are only 19 acres of this original 180.5 acres. This was the same year that Anderson (whom we knew very little about as of yet) was getting off a boat from Norway at the age of 8 years old, with his parents. He had survived the long trip to America while a brother and a sister died at sea on their way to this new land. As I searched the archives of the internet I came across the following news clipping on the very John Anderson that became the purchaser of the original Anderson Estate. Eventually to become the Lofty Pines property. (news clipping previously posted)
In 1892 the G.F. Sanborn Corporation of Home Investment Co. purchased the lands and then my husband noticed that twice (1902 and later) the 180.5 acres had been sold to the Wisconsin Blue Grass Land Co. and then bought back by the government. Looking into who these companies were we realized the lands were being sold for logging. The 19 acres that exist today as Lofty Pines, is a stand of virgin pines with some white and red pines over 150 years old. We speculate that this stand of pines were not accessible, surrounded by swampy low land, making Lofty Pines Resort & R.V. Park a dream to yet come true.