Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Centralia 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. The paper mill operated until 1912 when it was destroyed by fire. The pulp mill was removed in 1920 to make room for an addition to the hydro-electric plant.
From this beginning, the Wisconsin River area now has become the largest producer of printing papers in the United States.
Erected 1962 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 114.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 22.151′ N, 89° 51.526′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue South (State Highway 73) and Hurley Street, on the left when traveling south on 2nd Avenue South. Touch for map. Marker is near the southwest edge of Wisconsin Rapids. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Pine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wood County Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); John Edwards Jr. Office Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Jones 2nd Burial Site (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
More about this marker. The road to the island, dam and hydro-electric plant is behind the marker in Photo 2.
Also see . . . Photos of the Centralia Mill. (Submitted on May 19, 2007.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,415 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on May 24, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Photos: 1. submitted on May 20, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on May 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.