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Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Municipal Swimming Pool

Consolidated Water Power Co. – Stora Enso

 
 
Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 24, 2010
1. Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Marker
Center Panel
Inscription. In 1913, a municipal pool was established on this site. Members of the pool commission seen in this image are from left – J.R. Ragan, George Mead I, and Edgar Doudna. Today, the dams operated by Consolidated Water Power Co. provide flood control and electric power for Central Wisconsin communities along the Wisconsin River. The flowages created by the dams provide fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for all.

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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.

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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
Left Panel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 24, 2010
2. Left Panel
missing. It was likely located near 44° 23.759′ N, 89° 49.225′ W. Marker was in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker could be reached from 1st Street North near Drake Street. 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. 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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Right Panel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 24, 2010
3. Right Panel
Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 24, 2010
4. Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Marker
Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 24, 2010
5. Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Marker
Mill, Dam, and the Wisconsin River image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 24, 2010
6. Mill, Dam, and the Wisconsin River
Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Site image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 25, 2010
7. Historic Municipal Swimming Pool Site
The marker, previously to the left, was destroyed by swift-flowing flood waters.
Location of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 25, 2010
8. Location of the Marker
Arpin Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 26, 2010
9. Arpin Mansion
The mansion mentioned on the right panel.
Replacement Mural image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 21, 2012
10. Replacement Mural
Located immediately to the left of the original location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 791 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   9. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   10. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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