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Colby in Clark County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Home of Colby Cheese

 
 
The Home of Colby Cheese Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 14, 2008
1. The Home of Colby Cheese Marker
Inscription. At his father's cheese factory about one mile south and one mile west of here, Joseph F. Steinwand in 1885 developed a new and unique type of cheese. He named it for the township in which his father, Ambrose Steinwand, Sr., had built northern Clark County's first cheese factory three years before. The town had taken its name from Gardner Colby, whose company built the Wisconsin Central railroad through here.

Colby is a mild, soft, moist cheese. Its taste became known in the neighboring areas and an 1898 issue of the Colby Phonograph noted that "A merchant in Phillips gives as one of the 13 reasons why people should trade with him, that he sells the genuine Steinwand Colby Cheese."

After the turn of the century this area became one of the great cheese producing centers in the nation and Colby cheese a favorite in countries the world around.
 
Erected 1968 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 161.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 54.407′ N, 90° 18.982′ W. Marker is in Colby, Wisconsin, in Clark County. Marker is on South 1st Street north of West Broadway Street, on the right
The Home of Colby Cheese Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 14, 2008
2. The Home of Colby Cheese Marker
when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colby WI 54421, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. S.S. Dorchester Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away); History of The Big White Pine (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dorchester Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Yellowstone Trail (approx. 6.7 miles away); Samuel Hartford (approx. 13 miles away); Loyal Veterans Memorial (approx. 15.1 miles away); Castner–Mack Cemetery (approx. 16 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Colby cheese. (Submitted on September 9, 2013, by Trevor Morris of Fond du lac, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Home of Colby Cheese Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 8, 2011
3. The Home of Colby Cheese Marker
Former Colby Cheese Factory Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 14, 2008
4. Former Colby Cheese Factory
Former Colby Cheese Factory Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 14, 2008
5. Former Colby Cheese Factory
Hi Line Avenue at Colby Factory Road
 

 
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