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

Wausau Water Works

Serving Wausau since 1885

 
 
Wausau Water Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
1. Wausau Water Works Marker
Inscription. Clean drinking water has always been important, but in 1885, Wausau Water Works was built for a different reason — to supply water for fighting fires. 1885 was an especially bad fire year in Wausau. There were 23 alarm fires, including a lumberyard fire. When fires blazed, Wausau Water Works pumped from the Wisconsin River rather than a well.

In cases of large fires, the fire department would ask the waterworks operator to sound a city-wide steam whistle. This meant that Wausau residents should stop using water so that it could be used to fight the fire.

How much water do you use in a day?
Believe it or not, the average person today uses more than 60 gallons of water daily. Before 1885, Wausau residents drew water from a well or from the river and carried it in buckets.

Today, the plant treats and supplies more than 5 million gallons of clean water daily through a network of nearly 200 miles of water mains.

[logos of] River Edge Parkway Welcome Home Wausau
 
Erected by River Edge Parkway, Welcome Home Wausau.
 
Location. 44° 57.503′ N, 89° 37.957′ W. Marker is in Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from
Wausau Water Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
2. Wausau Water Works Marker
River Drive 0.1 miles south of Washington Street (Wisconsin Highway 52), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is near the east channel of the Wisconsin River in White Water Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 River Drive, Wausau WI 54403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Why is it called Big Bull Falls? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Bull Falls Birthplace of Wausau (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Bull Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Rehabilitation Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Third Marathon County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War I Guardian Angel Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wausau.
 
More about this marker. [photo captions, clockwise]
Wausau Water Works plant, 1902 Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.
$2.75 water bill for Nov.-May, 1898. Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.
Wausau Water Works was built primarily to fight fires such as this at the Alexander Stewart Mill, May 26, 1886. Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society,
White Water Park image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
3. White Water Park
Canoe & Kayak Racing
Wausau Park System
Wausau, Wisconsin.

 
Also see . . .
1. Wausau Water Works. (Submitted on October 9, 2011.)
2. Wausau White Water. (Submitted on October 9, 2011.)
 
Additional keywords. Shooting the Rapids
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Nearby Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
4. Nearby Sculpture
Woodson Park
Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
5. Sculpture
Sculpture Plaque image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2011
6. Sculpture Plaque
"Challenge"
Sculptor: Mike Capser
[Rotary International logo]
Given to the Greater Wausau Community
by the Wausau Earlybird Rotary Club
July 31, 1998
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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