“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near River Falls in St. Croix County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Edgar Wilson Nye

1850 – 1896

Edgar Wilson Nye Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2008
1. Edgar Wilson Nye Marker
Inscription. "Bill" Nye, journalist, lecturer, author, and humorist, grew to manhood in this quiet valley of the Kinnickinnic, which flows southwesterly through River Falls. The tall-tales of frontier humor were popular regionally before 1860. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Bill Nye widely popularized similar exaggerations until they were considered typically American. In the country church, three-fourths mile eastward, Bill Nye practiced public speaking to empty pews. He was then a student at River Falls Academy, now State University. The family homestead is three-fourths mile south of the church. He delighted his audiences by referring to it as "a hundred and sixty acres of beautiful ferns and bright young rattlesnakes." Ferns are few, and the snakes are gone if they were ever there.
Erected 1968 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 165.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 54.702′ N, 92° 33.504′ W. Marker is near River Falls, Wisconsin, in St. Croix County. Marker is on State Highway 65 0.1 miles south of Town Hall Road (County Highway J), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: River Falls WI 54022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Edgar Wilson Nye Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2008
2. Edgar Wilson Nye Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. German Settlement (approx. 4.6 miles away); Brule-St. Croix Waterway (approx. 9 miles away but has been reported missing); Hudson Toll Bridge (approx. 10.7 miles away); In the Summer of 1910 (approx. 10.8 miles away); Louis Massey (approx. 10.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.9 miles away); New Richmond Cyclone (approx. 13.6 miles away); New Richmond Heritage Center (approx. 13.8 miles away).
Also see . . .  Edgar Wilson Nye. "The Boomerang was founded while Nye was the postmaster of Laramie City, Wyoming Territory. It launched him to national fame, gaining subscribers in every state and some foreign countries." (Submitted on August 3, 2008.) 
Categories. Notable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 870 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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