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Near Boaz in Richland County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rural Electrification

 
 
Rural Electrification Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
1. Rural Electrification Marker
Inscription. This farm was the first in Wisconsin to obtain central station electric power from a rural electric cooperative. The farm home was constructed and wired for electric service by James Hanold in 1917. The Richland Cooperative Electric Association, incorporated January 8, 1936, energized the first section of its rural electric system built into this area and connected this farm to its lines on May 7, 1937.
Loan funds, available to all electric power suppliers to aid in electrifying rural America, were obtained from the Rural Electrification Administration, created by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt May 11, 1935, and continued as an agency of our federal government by Act of Congress May 20, 1936.
 
Erected 1966 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 153.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 20.583′ N, 90° 30.236′ W. Marker is near Boaz, Wisconsin, in Richland County. Marker is on U.S. 14 0.7 miles east of County Highway Z. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Richland Center WI 53581, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker
Rural Electrification Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
2. Rural Electrification Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Boaz Mastodon (a few steps from this marker); Richard M. Brewer (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ocooch Mountains (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wisconsin Purple Heart Memorial Highway (approx. 5.5 miles away); Ada James (approx. 5.8 miles away); Krouskop Park (approx. 5.8 miles away); Birthplace of GTE (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Little Rock (approx. 10 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boaz.
 
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Rural Electrification Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, May 5, 2009
3. Rural Electrification Marker
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 859 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 12, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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