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Osceola in Polk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cascade Falls

 
 
Cascade Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
1. Cascade Falls Marker
Inscription. On May 14, 1884, William Kent and 12 companions stopped on their journey from St. Croix Falls to explore a creek that rippled through the glen and emptied into the St. Croix River. A beautiful 25-foot waterfall burst upon their vision and they immediately recognized its potential. They staked claim on the waterfall, the glen and the land that later became the Village of Osceola. Located in the heart of downtown Osceola, Cascade Falls is as alluring and picturesque today, as it was when the first settlers found it. The terrain surrounding the falls drops 108 feet from the Osceola Creek to the St. Croix River. The falls was a stop for excursion steamboats in the late 1800s.

Descend the 156 steps into Wilkie Glen, and follow the trail along the Osceola Creek to the St. Croix River.

Rivers, Rails & Trails

This is one of many interpretive signs in the River, Rails & Trails Heritage Area, a project funded in part by a Heritage Tourism grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
 
Erected by Wisconsin Heritage Tourism.
 
Location. 45° 19.185′ N, 92° 42.365′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker is on North Cascade Street (State Highway 35) north of Osceola
Cascade Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
2. Cascade Falls Marker
Road (State Highway 243), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is near 1st Avenue at Wilke Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola WI 54020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osceola (here, next to this marker); The Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Geiger Brewery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Osceola Bluff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Osceola "Soo" Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Geology of the Taylors Falls Region (approx. 5.9 miles away in Minnesota); State Park Movement in Wisconsin (approx. 6.1 miles away); Interstate Park Centennial (approx. 6.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Osceola.
 
Also see . . .  About Osceola. (Submitted on April 2, 2009.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNatural FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Cascade Falls Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
3. Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
4. Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
5. Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls Restoration Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
6. Cascade Falls Restoration Marker
For participation and dedication
to the Cascade Falls restoration
WCC Crew:
Randal Kincaid, foreman
Tammie Bates
Richard Burrows
Ann Jacobsen
Kenneth King
Wendy King
Chris Krogmann
Willis Erickson, consultant
Osceola Main Street & Parks
Task Force
1991
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,292 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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