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Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
1. Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls Marker
Inscription. The earliest American settlers were drawn to Big Bull Falls for the timber business, but other businesses soon sprouted. Lumbermen and their families needed supplies and services. Soon after George Stevens built the first sawmill Wausau began to grow.

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N. B. Thayer built a grist mill here in 1845. This was an ideal location for a mill, because a water wheel in the mighty Wisconsin River could generate power and streets and other businesses were nearby. Farmers could drop off their grain and shop for supplies while they were in town.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Since Wausau had grown so much in the 125 years since the original grist mill was built, the center of town was no longer a good place for the mill. The business moved and the mill was torn down in 1970.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Curtis Co. lumberyard, c. 1885.

In 1881, Cornelius S. Curtis started a window and door factory here. He was joined by S. M. Yale in 1883. Until 1962, Plant #1 of the Curtis and Yale Sash and Door Co. stood across the river from where you are standing. The company was a world leader in making window and door frames, blinds, hardwood flooring,
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
2. Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls Marker
molding, and other wood products for interior decorating.

Curtis and Yale, Inc. was the largest employer in Wausau in 1912. The factory closed in 1962, and more than 600 people lost their jobs.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Curtis Co. Pant #1 in 1925. The Curtis and Yale factories in Wausau grew to cover more than 30 acres.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Catalog from the 1950s.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

[logos of] River Edge Parkway Welcome Home Wausau
 
Erected by River Edge Parkway, Welcome Home Wausau.
 
Location. 44° 57.655′ N, 89° 38.053′ W. Marker is in Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Scott Street (State Highway 52) near Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is in Big Bull Falls Historic Park. A small parking area inside the park can be reached from eastbound Washington Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 West Scott Street, Wausau WI 54403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why is it called Big Bull Falls? (within shouting distance
Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
3. Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls Marker
of this marker); Big Bull Falls Birthplace of Wausau (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Bull Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Wausau Water Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Federal Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Rehabilitation Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Third Marathon County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Workers' Compensation Law (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wausau.
 
Also see . . .  Wausau History. (Submitted on July 17, 2011.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Marker and Wisconsin River image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
4. Marker and Wisconsin River
Looking upriver.
Nearby River Edge Parkway Map image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
5. Nearby River Edge Parkway Map
The marker is to the left in the distance.
Welcome to The River Edge Parkway image. Click for full size.
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6. Welcome to The River Edge Parkway
The Wisconsin River's scenic beauty and Wausau's intriguing history await you. Learn about our past and present ties to the Wisconsin River.

See our community as you never have before. Discover, amidst our business center, the natural peace and serenity that is here for everyone.

". . . 30 miles of handsome river"

Enjoy The River Edge Parkway!

The Parkway is the result of visioning by The River Edge Commission and funding by the City of Wausau. It was developed and is maintained by the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department.

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Big Bull Falls, 1910.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Lumber mill workers, circa 1890.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Heinemann Lumber Company, circa 1897.
Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.

[logos of] River Edge Parkway Welcome Home Wausau
Nearby United States Navy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
7. Nearby United States Navy Memorial
[Washington Street, south of Scott Street]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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