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Menasha in Winnebago County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin Central Railroad

 
 
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By Keith L, September 12, 2009
1. Wisconsin Central Railroad Marker
Inscription.  Wisconsin Central Railroad was formally organized in the National Hotel on this site by Judge George Reed and his associates, Feb. 4, 1871. Here the contracts were let for its construction and the first general office was located. The road secured a land grant to build a line from "Doty's Island to Lake Superior." The first train ran from Menasha to Waupaca, Oct. 2, 1871.
 
Erected 1955 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 30.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 4, 1747.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 44° 12.06′ N, 88° 26.922′ W. Marker was in Menasha, Wisconsin, in Winnebago County. Marker was at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street on Main Street. The marker was attached to the outside wall of the (Menasha) Hotel Pub. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 177 Main St, Menasha WI 54952, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location.
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By Keith L, September 12, 2009
2. Wisconsin Central Railroad Marker
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Curtis Reed (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Sergeant Elmer J. Burr (approx. 0.4 miles away); Specialist Fourth Class Kenneth Stumpf (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jean Nicolet Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Menasha’s Isle of Valor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Menasha Lock (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian Effigy Mounds (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menasha.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Central Railway. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 13, 2009.) 

2. Lost history? No one seems to know what happened to the Wisconsin Central Railroad plaque in Menasha. UPDATE - 1/18/22: The news article (see link) produced results and after 7˝ years the marker has been returned to the Menasha Historical Society. When and where it will be re-erected is still unknown. (Submitted on January 14, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,453 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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