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Rhinelander in Oneida County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Rural Zoning Ordinance

 
 
First Rural Zoning Ordinance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
1. First Rural Zoning Ordinance Marker
Inscription. The Oneida County Zoning Ordinance, adopted May 16, 1933, was the first comprehensive rural zoning ordinance in the United States. In the early 1930's, most northern Wisconsin counties were in financial difficulties. The Oneida County Board of Supervisors resolved the costs of transporting school children, and the construction and maintenance of new roads, by adopting a zoning ordinance prohibiting settlement in remote areas. The purpose was to promote public health, safety, and welfare, and to regulate, restrict, and determine the areas within the county where various activities could be conducted.

The Ordinance became a model for other counties in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. It was a new concept in rural land management. It demonstrated that careful planning by local people, involving joint discussions and joint decisions with many agencies of the County, State, and Federal Governments, is essential for wise use of our natural resources.

Erected 1969

 
Erected 1969 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 167.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 38.272′ N,
First Rural Zoning Ordinance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
2. First Rural Zoning Ordinance Marker
89° 24.502′ W. Marker is in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in Oneida County. Marker is at the intersection of Oneida Avenue and Davenport Street on Oneida Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the Oneida County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: One Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander WI 54501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hodag (approx. one mile away).
 
Also see . . .  Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 27, 2010.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNatural Resources
 
Oneida County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
3. Oneida County Courthouse
Marker is left of the walkway.

State and National Register of Historic Places #81000052.
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
4. Nearby Plaque
In Memory of the Oneida County Early Pioneers
The dreams of my old home place. Years have passed since I saw the place, or slept secure, neath the roof' trees old: Still in my fancy I like to trace' the dreams and shadows the land infold, calling me back to my youth again. Dedicated by Oneida County Historical Society September 2nd 1935
Oneida County Early Pioneers Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
5. Oneida County Early Pioneers Plaque
Located across from the marker.

(Other plaques are located at the courthouse entrance.)
First Wisconsin County Extension Agent Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
6. First Wisconsin County Extension Agent Plaque
Oneida County Site of the First Wisconsin County Extension Agent Commemorating 75 years of educational partnership: Oneida County Cooperative Extension Service University of Wisconsin-Extension February 12, 1912-1987 Donated by Lions Clubs of Oneida County
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 21, 2010
7. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
The Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander, Wisconsin is listed in the National Register of Historic Places March 20, 1981 The State Historical Society of Wisconsin in association with the U.S. Department of Interior Donated by: Rhinelander Rotary Club
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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