Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Historic Municipal Swimming Pool
Consolidated Water Power Co. – Stora Enso
With the Wisconsin River's natural brown color many doubted its suitability for paper-making. These doubts proved unfounded. Building a paper mill along with the dam was a wise decision. Consolidated went on to become a pioneer in developing coated printing papers. Compare the view of today's modern mill with this image from the early 1900's.
Building Consolidated Water Power Co.'s dam in 1903 was a labor-intensive process. The work had to proceed quickly to be finished before the next year's spring run-off. The dam was completed March 29, 1904. If you turn to your left now & look up the hill, you'll see the same Arpin mansion that is on the far right side of this image.
Erected 2006 by Stora Enso North America.
Location. Marker has been confirmed Click for map. The marker was located in Legion Park, the site of the former east-side swimming pool. Marker was in this post office area: Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Elizabeth Daly House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wood County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River (approx. 0.3 miles away); Winnebago Indians (approx. 0.4 miles away); “The Iron Horse in Grand Rapids” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Corenso North America (approx. 0.4 miles away); V. F. W. Post 2534 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Myron "Grim" Natwick (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
More about this marker. Stora Enso bought Consolidated in 2000, NewPage bought Stora Enso in 2007. The mural was part of a "Murals Walk," established by the Public Art Group of the Downtown Revitalization Cluster, and was painted by Susan Sampson of Black River Falls.
Also see . . .
1. NewPage. (Submitted on September 25, 2010.)
2. Wisconsin Rapids Flood of September 2010. This is actual footage of the mural succumbing to the flood waters. (Submitted on September 27, 2010.)
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