Cedar River was originally known as the Red Cedar River
because of the many red cedar trees that thrived along its
banks. This stand is now one of the few remaining examples
of the species in the county.
their land made short work of the abundant tree cover, much
of which was floated downstream to saw mills on the Mississippi
River. Locally, red cedar was prized as material for fence
railings in the days before barbed wire. The wood contains
a natural fungicide that helps prevent rot. This also made
red cedar ideal for bridge pilings.
as the 1960s, it was difficult to find any red cedar trees
in this area. Preservation of existing stands, and the careful
cultivation of new groves, has led to the reappearance of
the species along the river named in its honor.
of red cedar is located on Bennington Road, past the entrance
to the NEITA Raceway, about half a mile west of U.S. Highway