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Big Falls in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

History of Big Falls

 
 
History of Big Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
1. History of Big Falls Marker
Inscription. In 1887, A.W. Whitcomb erected a sawmill on this site and water from the river supplied the power. In 1890, the land was platted and the settlement became the Village of Big Falls. In 1923, Big Falls was incorporated. Today it is one of the smallest incorporated villages in the U.S.A. The early forests were logged and lumber and shingles were milled here. A granite quarry was located below the dam. Stores, churches, hotels, railroads, saloons, a blacksmith shop, creamery, roller skating rink, ice cream parlor, coffin maker, banks, feedmill, post office and a school serviced the early village of nearly 500 residents. After the forests were cleared of timber, Scandinavian and German farmers tilled the fertile soil. Today, the greater Big Falls area has seen a return of timber production and milling of lumber as well as a continuation of the tradition of family farms.
 
Erected by the Big Falls Lions Club.
 
Location. 44° 37.196′ N, 89° 0.959′ W. Marker is in Big Falls, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on Wall Street (County Highway E/G) east of Main Street (County Highway C/E/G), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is by Big Falls Pond. Marker is in this post office area: Big Falls WI 54926, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
History of Big Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
2. History of Big Falls Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chief Waupaca (approx. 5.7 miles away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 9.3 miles away); Iola Mills (approx. 9.5 miles away); Iola Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.5 miles away); Iola’s Early History (approx. 9.6 miles away); The “Spud Alley” Era (approx. 9.6 miles away); 1999 Father's Day Fire (approx. 9.6 miles away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Big Falls, WI Profile. (Submitted on December 4, 2009.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Little Wolf River / Big Falls Pond image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
3. Little Wolf River / Big Falls Pond
Nearby Big Falls Dam image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
4. Nearby Big Falls Dam
Big Falls Population Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 14, 2013
5. Big Falls Population Sign
As noted on the marker, Big Falls is one of the smallest incorporated villages in the U.S.A. Marker is beyond the curves on the right side of the highway.
Village of Big Falls image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 14, 2013
6. Village of Big Falls
Marker is in the distance at the end of the road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5, 6. submitted on September 19, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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