Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Historic Municipal Swimming Pool
Consolidated Water Power Co. – Stora Enso
With the Wisconsin River's natural brown color many doubted its suitability for paper-making. These doubts proved unfounded. Building a paper mill along with the dam was a wise decision. Consolidated went on to become a pioneer in developing coated printing papers. Compare the view of today's modern mill with this image from the early 1900's.
Building Consolidated Water Power Co.'s dam in 1903 was a labor-intensive process. The work had to proceed quickly to be finished before the next year's spring run-off. The dam was completed March 29, 1904. If you turn to your left now & look up the hill, you'll see the same Arpin mansion that is on the
Erected 2006 by Stora Enso North America.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 44° 23.759′ N, 89° 49.225′ W. Marker was in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker could be reached from 1st Street North near Drake Street. The marker was located in Legion Park, the site of the former east-side swimming pool. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Elizabeth Daly House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wood County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River (approx. 0.3 miles away); Winnebago Indians (approx. 0.4 miles away); “The Iron Horse in Grand Rapids” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Corenso North America (approx. 0.4 miles away); V. F. W. Post 2534 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Myron "Grim" Natwick (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
More about this marker. Stora Enso bought Consolidated in 2000, NewPage bought Stora Enso in 2007. The mural was part of a "Murals Walk," established by the Public Art Group of the Downtown Revitalization Cluster, and was painted by Susan Sampson of Black River Falls.
Also see . . .
1. NewPage. (Submitted on September 25, 2010.)
2. Wisconsin Rapids Flood of September 2010. This is actual footage of the mural succumbing to the flood waters. (Submitted on September 27, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 25, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 9. submitted on September 26, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 10. submitted on May 22, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.