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Wood County Markers
Wisconsin (Wood County), Arpin — Geological History of Powers Bluff
Powers Bluff is a worn down peak of an ancient mountain range which once covered northern Wisconsin. In geology it is known as monadnock. It is comprised almost entirely of solid metamorphic rock called quartzite. Powers Bluff originated eons ago at the bottom of a primeval sea. Great depths of sediment accumulated and was transformed into sandstone. In the later cycle it was compressed and heated and changed into quartzite. During this stage other minerals invaded it Catalyzing and . . . — Map (db m6109) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Arpin — Indian Bill Cemetery
These Indian burial sites are believed to be from descendants of the Winnebago and Prairie Band Potawatomi People. The Potawatomi tradition was to build a grave house over the burial site. These grave houses are meant to deteriorate naturally until their spirits rest in the happy hunting grounds of immortality. — Map (db m6103) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Arpin — Indian Dance Rings
In early spring, the native ceremonial dances took place here. At their conclusion the Indians returned to their firesides amid chants and the symbolic beat of drums to thank the Great Spirit for the Spring's return. Indians from other tribes attended these rites, coming from other counties and neighboring states. Some arrived by train, alighting at Arpin, which was the nearest station. The Winnebagos of Wood County regularly came to these Potowatomi ceremonies. The dances of Thanksgiving took . . . — Map (db m6128) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Arpin — Powers Bluff
The Indians named Powers Bluff Tah-qua-kik, and was for some years the home of three tribes of Indians; the Chippewa, the Potawatomi, and the Winnebago. Local historians say that some of the Potawatomi lived here as early as 1866. They lived on the hilltop besides the rock formations in houses made of log bark and frames. Some lived in tents. Each dwelling had a fireplace in the center of the floor and a hole in the roof to allow smoke to drift out. There was little or no furniture and few . . . — Map (db m6110) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Babcock — 8 — Babcock
Railroading gave the first impetus toward Babcock's settlement. The settlement of Remington, located on the west bank of the Yellow River, was abandoned in favor of this site when the railroad named Babcock a division point. Two lines of the railroad merged just west of the river. Babcock reached national prominence on August 11, 1910 when this junction became the site of a wreck involving a circus train and a passenger train. Both trains vied for the junction. The circus train won the race, . . . — Map (db m18287) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Hewitt — Slidre Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Historical Marker Slidre Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery On January 13, 1906, forefathers from Norway established the church. The first pastor to serve was Reverend J.C. Hougum. The church building was constructed in 1907 by Jorger Erickson, Knute Evenson, Ole Gunderson, Knute Jonsrud, Ole Jorstad, Christ Kolstad, Tom Knutson, Emil Larson, Knute Moen, Tollef Moen, Andrew Snortheim, Gilbert Swenson, and Ole Viste on land donated by Mr. & Mrs. Ole Gunderson. The ladies . . . — Map (db m5045) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Columbia Park Band Shell1931
Designed and built by Frank A. Felhofer & Sons in the Art Deco style. Originally used as the home of the 135th Medical Regiment Band, it now serves the City of Marshfield for band concerts and public events. Marshfield Historic Register — Map (db m77161) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Eli Winch House
Built by Hans Bille in the Queen Anne Style. A pyramidal hipped roof and gabled wings creates asymmetrical massing. 1897 Marshfield Historical Register — Map (db m75964) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Engine 2442
In Service 1911-1954 Presented to City of Marshfield by Wisconsin Central- Soo Line RR in 1956. Marshfield Historic Register — Map (db m75938) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — 482 — Founder’s Square
In 1871, Louis and Frank Rivers constructed a one-and-a-half story log building at the present northeast corner of N. Chestnut Ave. and W. Depot St. This building served as a residence, hotel, tavern, and store. The brothers heard that the Wisconsin Central Railroad from Stevens Point to Lake Superior would pass through this area and they wanted to take advantage of the traffic that the railroad would generate. On July 4, 1872, the first train reached the new community of Marshfield. Other . . . — Map (db m3361) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Governor William H. Upham House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior December 12, 1976 Governor William H. Upham House This Victorian mansion was built in 1880 for William H. Upham. The house survived the fire of 1887 making it one of the oldest homes in Marshfield. A survivor of the prison camps during the Civil War, Upham was nominated by President Lincoln's cabinet as an at large appointee to . . . — Map (db m48113) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Hamilton & Catherine Roddis House
1914 Designed by architect Gus A. Krasin in the Dutch Colonial Revival Style. Hamilton Roddis was as industrialist and civic leader who greatly contributed to the development of Marshfield. Marshfield Historic Register — Map (db m75966) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Marshfield Post Office1930
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m48110) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Marshfield's City Hall Clock and Fire Bell
Raised May 29, 1901 • Removed Nov. 28, 1962 This 1,982 pound bell tolled the hours, served as community fire alarm and summoned volunteer firemen to meetings for more than four decades. The clock mechanism failed during World War II and the bell was retired from fire service in 1949. It was removed from its aging tower as a safety measure. — Map (db m4731) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — 295 — Prisoners of War
Prior to World War II, few Americans had ever been held as prisoners of war on foreign soil. But the surrender of U.S. forces in the Phillippines in the spring of 1942 suddenly swelled the number of POWs into the thousands, and soon a network of support groups was formed in the U.S. to exchange information about loved ones held captive. At the war’s end, the Bataan Relief Organization absorbed similar “barbed-wire clubs” and in 1949 became the American Ex-Prisoners of War. A . . . — Map (db m3193) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — September 11th Patriots Day...Lest We Forget
8:45 AM American Airlines Flight 11 9:03 AM United Airlines Flight 175 9:43 AM American Airlines Flight 77 10:00 AM United Airlines Flight 93 The Loss of Lives That Touched All Americans September 11, 2001 — Map (db m57544) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Tower Hall
Built as Marshfield’s City Hall. The building also included the library and the fire department. 1901 Marshfield Historical Register — Map (db m75965) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Veterans Memorial
In Memory Of World War Veterans 1917 — 1919 Dedicated 1938 — Map (db m57444) WM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — World's Largest Round Barn
Designed and erected by F.A. Felhofer and his six brothers for dairy cattle shows and sales of the Central Wisconsin State Fair Association. 1916 Marshfield Historical Register — Map (db m75959) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Marshfield — Youth Baseball Donor Recognition Monument
This Youth Baseball Donor Recognition monument was commissioned in 2008 by MARSH-21. Its location marks the former intersection of Oak Avenue and 2nd Street, which was converted into park area as part of the Hwy 13 Veterans Parkway project completed in October of 2003. The former Armory and A.J. Reeths Field parcels were added to the community park already known as the Steve J. Miller Recreation Area, originally named in July of 1976, following a gift of land from the Steve . . . — Map (db m57332) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — 14 — Ed “Strangler” Lewis
Robert Friedrich, who devoted a lifetime to the sport of wrestling, claims Nekoosa as his boyhood home. Born in 1890, he began his wrestling career at the age of sixteen when he challenged another local rival to raise funds for his baseball team. While Assistant Athletic Director at Kentucky University, he studied anatomy, thereby learning which nerve centers he might apply pressure to and thereby gain an advantage over his opponents. He gave to the sport of wrestling a scientific study which . . . — Map (db m1963) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — Nekoosa War Memorial
This memorial dedicated by parents, relatives and friends to perpetuate the memory of our valiant defenders of freedom who made the supreme sacrifice. World War I Hamel, Archie · Huggins, Robert · Jackon, Lucas · Larsen, Harold · Slining, Ole · Soward, Richard · Timlin, Eugene World War II Arendt, Roger · Breese, Earl · Buehler, Bernard · Crowns, Howard · Daskam, Charles · Hasenohrl, Edward · Havlena, James · Holz, Donald · Karpinski, John . . . — Map (db m42402) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — Point Bas
Lower limit of upper Wisconsin country. Called by Indians Ban-Gah-Je-Wung. First sawmill built just below here by Daniel Whitney in 1831. A strip three miles wide both sides of the Wisconsin ceded by Menominee Indians in 1836 from Point Bas forty miles upstream. Cession surveyed 1839 by Joshua Hathaway. — Map (db m7679) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — 130 — Point Basse
Five rapids covering a distance of about three miles in this area were referred to as Nekoosa (swift water) by the Chippewa Indians, who made their campground on high Swallow Rock overlooking these rapids. At the lower end of the rapids, Wakeley’s tavern served as a rendezvous and resting place for the river traveler and lumber raftsmen. Wakeley’s was the nucleus for the development of a settlement named Point Basse (low point). The name was later changed to Nekoosa. The settlement became . . . — Map (db m1109) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — Point Basse
   Point Basse, the French term for "low point" or "shallows," is located in what is now the Wood County township of Saratoga. For thousands of years Native Americans crossed the Wisconsin River here, the midpoint of a trail that ran east and west from Lake Poygan to Black River Falls. North and south along the river are mounds constructed 700-1,000 years ago by these early residents.    Albert Ellis, Surveyor General of Wisconsin, felt Point Basse was the premier location for a . . . — Map (db m76360) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — Veterans Memorial
[seal of The Liberty Tree] All Gave Some Some Gave All Nekoosa Veterans of Foreign Wars Domtar Industries Inc. Dedicated 11 November 2004 — Map (db m50257) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Nekoosa — 28 — Wakely’s TavernPointe Basse
  Built in 1831, Wakely’s Tavern and Trading Post was the first white settler’s house in present Wood County. River piers, shingle mill, warehouse, and gunpowder pit contributed to making this site a rendezvous for Indians, voyageurs, lumbermen and raftsmen, as well as a social center for area pioneers.   In 1844 the steamboats “Maid of Iowa” and “Enterprise” operated on the river carrying passengers and cargo between Prairie du Chien and Pointe Basse, the site . . . — Map (db m1193) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Pittsville — City Founders’ Cemetery“Pitts’ Cemetery”
This cemetery is the final resting place of men, women and children who settled Pittsville and the surrounding area. Some tombstones have weathered, some broke; some graves were never marked. Some stones were moved, but time and nature cannot remove the life these people pioneered for us – Their Living Memorial — Map (db m7616) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Port Edwards — 86 — Cranberry Culture
For countless ages the wild cranberry flourished in many marshy areas of Central Wisconsin. In 1829 Daniel Whitney mentioned the purchase of three canoe loads of cranberries brought down the Yellow River by Indians from the area now known as Cranmoor. During the 1870s a few hardy souls literally carved out by hand the bogs in this area and, in spite of many hazards such as fires and lack of water, succeeded in establishing a new crop. With time the native vines were supplanted by higher . . . — Map (db m1215) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Port Edwards — 13 — John Edwards Jr.1831 – 1891
A native of England, John Edwards Jr. settled in this area in 1859 to assume operation of his father’s sawmill, the nucleus around which the village of Port Edwards developed. Founded in 1840, the Edwards Sawmill was incorporated in 1890 into the John Edwards Manufacturing Company, parent company of Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Company. The office building for the company, built in 1872, stood near this site, and although enlarged several times, served as the home office of Nekoosa-Edwards Paper . . . — Map (db m1221) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Port Edwards — John Edwards Jr. Office Building
In 1872, John Edwards Jr. became the sole owner of the Edwards and Clinton sawmill in Port Edwards, plus several other business ventures that included a general store, post office, boarding house, farming interests and land speculations. In order to administer all these business endeavors, Edwards built the office building shown here. It was located on the riverbank at the south end of the village. Proud of his achievements and his new office building, he crowned the structure with this . . . — Map (db m51539) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Port Edwards — John Jones 2nd Burial Site
The official Civil War roster of Company G of the Wisconsin 12th infantry lists two men named John Jones. They are listed as John Jones 1st and John Jones 2nd. John Jones 1st gravesite has been located in the Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton, Washington. He married Jane Ward in Grand Rapids (now Wisconsin Rapids) in 1860. After his service in the Civil War, the family farmed south of Plainfield until they moved west in 1879. National Archives records show the original tombstone here . . . — Map (db m5954) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Rudolph — Edmund J. Rybicki
In memory of Edmund J. Rybicki Co-builder of the Grotto Shrine 1916 - 1991 For 62 years of dedicated service "Without his cheerful assistance and courageous endurance I could never have accomplished what I did."                  Rev. P. J. Wagner — Map (db m9140) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Rudolph — Father Philip J. WagnerDec. 23, 1882 — Nov. 1, 1959
Pastor of St. Philomena’s Parish July 1917 — Nov. 1959 Founder of Grotto Shrine — Map (db m9142) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick
Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Final Alarm Bell Tower Dedicated to the memory of Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick, North Lake Volunteer Fire Department, North Lake, Wisconsin. Died in the line-of-duty October 7, 2004. And all Wisconsin firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to their communities. Metalwork provided through the efforts of family, friends, and members of the North Lake Volunteer Fire Department. The Final . . . — Map (db m5253) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — 114 — Centralia Pulp and Paper Mill
Here the vast Wisconsin River paper industry began in 1887 when the Centralia Pulp and Water Power Company converted a saw mill into a pulp and paper mill. The pulp mill spanned the river to the island at the site of the present hydro-electric plant. The paper mill and boiler house were located on the island. Paper finishing and shipping facilities were located just south of this marker. Two paper machines were installed and five water-driven pulpwood grinders reduced logs to pulp. . . . — Map (db m1043) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — 27 — Dr. Byron Robinson1855 – 1910
Byron Robinson, born in southern Wisconsin, worked his way through Mineral Point Seminary and the University of Wisconsin from which he received a degree in 1878. In 1882, following graduation from Rush Medical College, Dr. Robinson located in Grand Rapids where he practiced medicine for seven years. During this time Dr. Robinson made three trips to Europe to study gynecology and abdominal surgery at Heidelberg, Vienna, Berlin and London. In 1889 he was appointed to the chair of anatomy at . . . — Map (db m1887) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Elizabeth Daly House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1909 — Map (db m76357) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — 25 — Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River
Indians called this section of the river “Ahdawagam”—the two sided rapids, while lumbermen knew it as “Grand Rapids”—the most treacherous stretch of the river, accentuated by perilous Sherman Rock. Bloomer, Sampson and Strong harnessed the waterpower in 1838 for sawing lumber. The abundant waterpower resulted in other mills being built and communities developed on each bank of the river. Centralia on the west bank and Grand Rapids on the east side were united . . . — Map (db m1024) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Historic Municipal Swimming PoolConsolidated Water Power Co. – Stora Enso
In 1913, a municipal pool was established on this site. Members of the pool commission seen in this image are from left – J.R. Ragan, George Mead I, and Edgar Doudna. Today, the dams operated by Consolidated Water Power Co. provide flood control and electric power for Central Wisconsin communities along the Wisconsin River. The flowages created by the dams provide fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for all. [left panel] With the Wisconsin River's . . . — Map (db m36163) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Milwaukee Gasoline LocomotivePlay on me... but be careful!
I was built in the 1920's and helped build several dams along the Wisconsin River. Then Nekoosa Papers Inc. purchased me and I helped build Nepco Lake. Next I saw action working on the Nekoosa Dam and the water pipeline to the Nekoosa mill. Wood County borrowed me in the 1940's to help build Lake Wazeecha. The last time I saw work was in the 1950's when I helped rebuild the dikes on Nepco Lake. But alas, at that time the engineers found that trucks and heavy earth movers could move sand faster . . . — Map (db m26517) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — 533 — Myron "Grim" NatwickAugust 16, 1890 — October 7, 1990
Wisconsin Rapids native Myron "Grim" Natwick, the "animator's animator" was the creative genius behind Fleischer Studios' cartoon character and cultural icon, Betty Boop. Natwick was also the lead animator of Snow White in Disney's Snow White (1937) and the Prince and the Princess in Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (1939). In the 1940s and 1950s, he worked with several studios drawing Mickey Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Mr. Magoo, and many other cartoon characters. A 1910 . . . — Map (db m34313) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — The Great Pine
This huge log was cut from a mighty white pine which grew southwest of the armory on 2nd Avenue South in Wisconsin Rapids and escaped the axe of the lumberjacks for many decades. The tree was 181 years of age. It was 78 years old and quite a tree when the Civil War ended. This huge log is 18' long and has a diameter of 41". It contains over 500 board feet of lumber. Logs such as this provided the raw material for the log drives down the Wisconsin River and for the local lumber mills in the . . . — Map (db m25239) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Winnebago Indians
Ah-Dah-Wa-Gam Chapter D. A. R. In recognition of the Loyalty & Patriotism of the Winnebago Indians ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Corporal Foster DeCorah Robert DeCorah · Jesse Thompson Mike Standing Water · Dewey Mike Nelson R. DeLaRonde · James Greengrass 1919 — Map (db m17748) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Wood County CemeteryIn Memorium
Persons interred in this county cemetery include former residents of the county poor farm and home for the aged as well as others requiring county burial between the years 1891 and 1948. [names] Donated by Martin Zurkowski — Map (db m22580) HM
Wisconsin (Wood County), Wisconsin Rapids — Wood County Veterans Memorial
They rest in peace so we may live in peace. [reverse] In Memory of All American Veterans This memorial honors all American veterans who although separated by generations shared a common, undeniable goal to valiantly protect our country's freedoms. The memories of these American veterans will continue to live on whenever and wherever democracy exists. The American veteran – forever a symbol of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom. Dedicated November . . . — Map (db m29198) HM
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