“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Menomonie in Dunn County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Bell Monument

Bell Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, circa September 2015
1. Bell Monument Marker
Inscription. When a new building for The Stout Manual Training School was built in 1897, this bell was installed in the clock tower to sound the hours of the day. Large and expensive, this bell was truly an investment in, and a symbol of, the promising future of the school. Founded in 1891, the fledgling institution was to become the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

In 1914, the bell's striking mechanism became inoperative and was not repaired. For years students climbed the stairs of the tower and struck the bell with hammers to celebrate football victories and other events. As a result of this treatment, the bell cracked and no longer rang. The bell remained in the tower and was replaced by an electric carillon to mark time for the campus and the community. In 1997, the bell was removed and the carillon was replaced with five bronze bells - the result of several generous donations to the Stout University Foundation, Inc.

In 1999, a faculty member and several students designed this monument to display this historic bell. The bell stands here in its final home, a tribute to the impressive history of this institution, but still a symbol of its promising future.

Monument design team:
Faculty member: Benjamin Pratt Students: David Larson, David Loewe, Deborah Podsedly
Bell Monument image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, circa September 2015
2. Bell Monument
44° 52.325′ N, 91° 55.557′ W. Marker is in Menomonie, Wisconsin, in Dunn County. Touch for map. The marker is on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is just south of the Memorial Student Center (302 E. 10th Ave.). Marker is in this post office area: Menomonie WI 54751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gateway to the Historic Corridor (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Honor of Company H (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mabel Tainter Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stori House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Stephen Tainter (approx. 1.4 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery / Earliest Evergreen Burials (approx. 1.4 miles away); Chippewa Valley White Pine (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menomonie.
More about this marker. The marker is along the pathway west of the bell monument.
Categories. Education
<i>Stout Manual Training School, Menominie, Wis.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
3. Stout Manual Training School, Menominie, Wis.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2015, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2015, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on September 11, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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