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Naugart in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County

 
 
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By Joel S., August 7, 2015
1. Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County Marker
Inscription. In the 1850s, in the midst of Wisconsin's lumber boom, a large migration of Germans helped settle Marathon County. This group hailed from Pomerania, a former Prussian province in present-day northern Germany and Poland. Immigration continued for the next several decades, but the largest movement occurred in 1867. That year, Wausau merchant August Kickbusch journeyed back home to convince his former neighbors of Wisconsin's riches. More than 700 immigrants followed him to Wisconsin. Pomeranians spoke PlattDeutsch, also known as Low German, and established several Lutheran churches. Members of today's Pommerscher Verein (Pomeranian Society) of Central Wisconsin work to preserve the language and traditions that helped shape the culture of this region.
 
Erected 2013 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 552.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 4.538′ N, 89° 47.323′ W. Marker is in Naugart, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker is at the intersection of Berlin Lane and Naugart Drive, on the right when traveling south on Berlin Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11248 Berlin Lane, Athens WI 54411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pomeranian Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Arch Stone Bridge
Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 7, 2015
2. Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County Marker
View to the southwest with the Pomeranian Settlement monument in the background.
(approx. 8.3 miles away); T.B. Scott Free Library (approx. 8.3 miles away); Merrill Post Office (approx. 8.6 miles away); Merrill City Hall (approx. 8.7 miles away); Lincoln County Courthouse (approx. 8.9 miles away); First Teachers Training School in Wisconsin (approx. 10.7 miles away); Why is it called Big Bull Falls? (approx. 11 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 7, 2015
3. Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County Marker
View to the northeast with the Wisconsin Historical Society marker at the far left of the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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