|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Knowlton — John Baptiste DuBay — 1810 — 1887|
|Son of a Menominee Indian Princess •
Son-in-Law of Chief Oshkosh •
Treaty-Maker • Interpreter •
Indian Trader • Firm Friend of White Men. — Map (db m1780) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Mosinee — 274 — First Workers' Compensation Law|
|The Wisconsin Workmen's Compensation Act of 1911 assured victims of work-related accidents or illnesses just compensation regardless of fault. With this law, enacted on May 3, 1911, Wisconsin became the first state to have a constitutional system for providing medical expenses, wage loss payments, or death benefits to employees or their families. The law is regarded as a pioneering act of social legislation and a major accomplishment of Wisconsin's progressive movement.
On September 1, . . . — Map (db m17859) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Poniatowski — Geological Marker|
|This spot in Section 14, in the Town of Rietbrock, Marathon County is the exact center of the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. It is here that the 90th meridian of longitude bisects the 45th parallel of latitude, meaning it is exactly halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, and is a quarter of the way around the earth from Greenwich, England.
Marathon County Park Commission — Map (db m2507) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Rothschild — Fallen Soldiers Memorial|
|This memorial is dedicated to all the Military Veterans of our Country, the Men and Women who gave their time, often their lives, to preserve Our American Way of Life. To them we say, "Thank You!" — Map (db m42923) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Rothschild — 385 — Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine|
|On June 23, 1911, near this location, Wausau native John Schwister became a pioneer of Wisconsin aviation. Research indicates that on this date Schwister flew the state's first home-built airplane capable of sustained, powered flight. Constructed of wooden ribs covered with light cotton cloth and powered by an early-model aircraft engine, Schwister's biplane flew for several hundred feet at a maximum altitude of twenty feet. Calling his plane the Minnesota-Badger, Schwister began the . . . — Map (db m6056) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Ancient Ripples|
|Imagine this area over two billion years ago, covered by the waters of an ancient Precambrian sea. This ocean deposited sand on the sea floor, and these ripple marks on the rocks in front of you formed by wave action in the sand.
Over time, the sand grains cemented and transformed into sandstone, and eventually, with more heat and pressure, into quartzite, a very hard rock. This process preserved these ripple marks.
For the next several hundred years, extensive weathering and erosion . . . — Map (db m16319) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Battle of the Bulge Monument|
In Memory of
Battle of the
Triumph of Courage
World War II
Dec.16, 1944 – Jan. 25, 1945
This is undoubtedly the greatest American
battle of the war and will, I believe, be
regarded as an ever famous American victory.
Sir Winston Churchill — Map (db m42768) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Big Bull Falls|
On this site known as
Big Bull Falls
now the City of Wausau
established the first
This tablet placed by
Daughters of the
[DAR insignia] — Map (db m42558) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Big Bull Falls • Birthplace of Wausau|
|In the early 1800s, timber supplies were coming to an end in the eastern United States. The Westward Expansion—the settlement of the prairies and mountainous regions west of the Mississippi—was driving the hunger for more timber with which to build homes, barns, towns and railroads.
Stories spread quickly of mammoth-sized pines at a place called Big Bull Falls in the Wisconsin Territory.
The first American to build a sawmill at Big . . . — Map (db m44309) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls|
|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.
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. . . . — Map (db m44645) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Cutler Post Monument|
A Grateful Peoples
Cutler Post. — Map (db m42686) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — 180 — First Teachers Training School in Wisconsin — 1899 • 1943|
|Rural Teacher Training needs became apparent in Marathon County before the turn of the century. John F. Lamont, Marathon County School Superintendent, investigated the problem and urged Senator A. L. Kruetzer to introduce legislation in the 1887 session of the Wisconsin Legislature. The Marathon County Board appropriated $12,000 for construction of a building, completed in October 1902, to house classes for the Training School for Teachers and the Agriculture and Domestic Economy. Classes . . . — Map (db m8347) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Monadnocks|
|Geologists have determined that Rib Mountain is more than 1.7 billion years old — one of the oldest rock formations on earth. In fact, three large quartzite hills, or monadnocks, are found here in the Wausau area.
The largest monadnock, Rib Mountain is four miles long and over one mile wide. Its curved, rib-like shape gave the "hill" its name. From this vista, you can see two other monadnocks — Mosinee Hill, a dumbbell-shaped formation slightly to the southeast, and Hardwood . . . — Map (db m16316) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Mountain View|
|Towering 1,940 feet above sea level, Rib Mountain is the third highest point in Wisconsin. From here, you can look out over the patchwork of homes, factories and farm land that covers the landscape.
You may even see a hawk or turkey vulture soaring overhead on a current of warm air. Or, you might watch the dark clouds of a thunderstorm as they travel across the sky. Take a few moments to enjoy this spectacular view. — Map (db m8466) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Pine Grove Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial|
|G.A.R. — Map (db m42885) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Rib Mountain State Park|
|The summit of this rock is the
highest known point in the state
–1940 feet above sea level–
This land, forty acres in area,
was presented to the commonwealth
on January 26, 1923, by the estate of
The park was enlarged to 160 acres
by the Kiwanis Club of Wausau
This area was originally sandy beach
swept by the ocean. The sand was
finally hardened to quartzite rock
and by [slow] upheaval tilted on edge
and raised to its . . . — Map (db m8479) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Rib Mountain State Park|
|This park is located on the summit of Rib Mountain, one of the most prominent isolated hills in Wisconsin. Just as the stump covered field enables us to picture the forest that has long since been cut – so by the study of the old worn down stumps of mountains, the geologist is able to picture the mountains that once covered all of Wisconsin. During countless ages these mountains were gradually worn down to a plain. In a few places a harder ridge or peak called a monadnock still rises . . . — Map (db m16367) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — The Pineries|
|From the 1840's to 1920's, logging overshadowed all other industries in Wisconsin. The state's northern pine forests became "pineries," providing logs to meet the nation's increasing demand for building materials.
Timber cut from these pineries floated downstream as raw logs or rafts of sawn lumber. The Wisconsin River was the most treacherous of the lumber streams, and many raftsmen lost their lives running logs over the rapids and whitewater.
In 1916, long after the arrival of the . . . — Map (db m74237) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Third Marathon County Courthouse|
|These granite blocks were part of the third Marathon County Courthouse completed in May 1892, it stood on the block bounded by Third, Scott, Fourth and Jefferson Streets. This courthouse was razed in April, 1955. — Map (db m48178) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — To Charles E. Parker|
|For ourselves and for every person who has found pleasure, peace and kinship with nature in these lovely acres, these lands are inscribed by the Kiwanis Club of Wausau.
Charles E. Parker was the prime mover in the acquisition of this land by the Kiwanis Club of Wausau in 1920, and of its ultimate dedication to the enjoyment of all who love beauty.
As fellow-Kiwanians in the club of which he was a principal founder and first president, we ask you, wayfarer, to join us in a tribute of . . . — Map (db m16313) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Wausau Water Works — Serving Wausau since 1885|
|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 . . . — Map (db m48064) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — Why is it called Big Bull Falls?|
|If you were a french voyageur in the 1600s or arrived with George Stevens in 1838, you would have heard and seen large rapids churning and bubbling here in front of you. Without dams, the river was much shallower than it is now. It swirled and crashed over large rocks.
Voyageurs may have called it "Grand Bulle Chute," which in English is "Big Bubbling Falls." Possibly, "bulle" stuck in the English translation, thus "Big Bull Falls."
← Earliest . . . — Map (db m44343) HM|
|Wisconsin (Marathon County), Wausau — World War I Guardian Angel Monument|
|"Erected by the people of Marathon County and Burns Post No. 388 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. in grateful appreciation of the noble sacrifices of those from this county who gave their lives in the World War 1917–1918"
Ahart Joe Fireman 3d Class ·
Ahrendt Herbert Pvt ·
Allen Walter Pvt ·
Andres Carl A Pvt ·
Bandy Charles T Seaman ·
Bartelt Albert Emil Cpl ·
Bartlett Charles . . . — Map (db m48149) HM|