Welcome to the City of Ladysmith. Located along the scenic Flambeau River, Ladysmith features a diverse business district and a strong industrial base. Ladysmith is the county seat of Rusk County
The city was founded at the intersection of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) with the Flambeau River in 1885 to take advantage of the logging and lumbering industry. Originally named “Flambeau Falls” after the Ojibwa name for the area Gakaabikijiwanan (“of cliffed rapids”) the city went through two more name changes until 1900. The town was finally named “Ladysmith”, after the wife of Charles R. Smith, head of the Menasha Wooden Ware Co.
The Flambeau Copper Mine was operated by Kennecott from 1993 to 1997. This was a very rich sulfide ore deposit, so rich that the ore was shipped directly to the smelter.