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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wood County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of Wood County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Wood County, WI (58) Adams County, WI (8) Clark County, WI (27) Jackson County, WI (26) Juneau County, WI (20) Marathon County, WI (37) Portage County, WI (30)  WoodCounty(58) Wood County (58)  AdamsCounty(8) Adams County (8)  ClarkCounty(27) Clark County (27)  JacksonCounty(26) Jackson County (26)  JuneauCounty(20) Juneau County (20)  MarathonCounty(37) Marathon County (37)  PortageCounty(30) Portage County (30)
Wisconsin Rapids is the county seat for Wood County
Adjacent to Wood County, Wisconsin
      Adams County (8)  
      Clark County (27)  
      Jackson County (26)  
      Juneau County (20)  
      Marathon County (37)  
      Portage County (30)  
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1 Wisconsin, Wood County, Arpin — Geological History of Powers Bluff
Powers Bluff is a worn down peak of an ancient mountain range which once covered northern Wisconsin. In geology it is known as monadnock. It is comprised almost entirely of solid metamorphic rock called quartzite. Powers Bluff originated eons . . . Map (db m6109) HM
2 Wisconsin, Wood County, Arpin — Indian Bill Cemetery
These Indian burial sites are believed to be from descendants of the Winnebago and Prairie Band Potawatomi People. The Potawatomi tradition was to build a grave house over the burial site. These grave houses are meant to deteriorate naturally . . . Map (db m6103) HM
3 Wisconsin, Wood County, Arpin — Indian Dance Rings
In early spring, the native ceremonial dances took place here. At their conclusion the Indians returned to their firesides amid chants and the symbolic beat of drums to thank the Great Spirit for the Spring's return. Indians from other tribes . . . Map (db m6128) HM
4 Wisconsin, Wood County, Arpin — Powers Bluff
The Indians named Powers Bluff Tah-qua-kik, and was for some years the home of three tribes of Indians; the Chippewa, the Potawatomi, and the Winnebago. Local historians say that some of the Potawatomi lived here as early as 1866. They lived on the . . . Map (db m6110) HM
5 Wisconsin, Wood County, Babcock — 8 — Babcock
Railroading gave the first impetus toward Babcock's settlement. The settlement of Remington, located on the west bank of the Yellow River, was abandoned in favor of this site when the railroad named Babcock a division point. Two lines of the . . . Map (db m18287) HM
6 Wisconsin, Wood County, Babcock — Gallagher Foundation
Gallagher Family Homestead: Scattered throughout the Sandhill property are remnants of homesteads from pioneer farmers. In the early 1900s drainage ditches were dug to produce cropland out of the surrounding marshes. Killing frosts, poor soils . . . Map (db m225048) HM
7 Wisconsin, Wood County, Babcock — Wallace B. Grange
Author, Naturalist, Historian Est. Sandhill Game Farm - 1937Map (db m225040) HM
8 Wisconsin, Wood County, Hewitt — Slidre Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery — Historical Marker —
On January 13, 1906, forefathers from Norway established the church. The first pastor to serve was Reverend J.C. Hougum. The church building was constructed in 1907 by Jorger Erickson, Knute Evenson, Ole Gunderson, Knute Jonsrud, Ole Jorstad, . . . Map (db m5045) HM
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9 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Columbia Park Band Shell1931
. . . Map (db m77161) HM
10 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Eli Winch House
Built by Hans Bille in the Queen Anne Style. A pyramidal hipped roof and gabled wings creates asymmetrical massing. 1897 Marshfield Historical RegisterMap (db m75964) HM
11 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Engine 2442
In Service 1911-1954 Presented to City of Marshfield by Wisconsin Central- Soo Line RR in 1956. Marshfield Historic RegisterMap (db m75938) HM
12 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — 482 — Founder’s Square
In 1871, Louis and Frank Rivers constructed a one-and-a-half story log building at the present northeast corner of N. Chestnut Ave. and W. Depot St. This building served as a residence, hotel, tavern, and store. The brothers heard that the Wisconsin . . . Map (db m3361) HM
13 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Governor William H. Upham House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior December 12, 1976 Governor William H. Upham House This Victorian mansion was built in . . . Map (db m48113) HM
14 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Hamilton & Catherine Roddis House
1914 Designed by architect Gus A. Krasin in the Dutch Colonial Revival Style. Hamilton Roddis was as industrialist and civic leader who greatly contributed to the development of Marshfield. Marshfield Historic RegisterMap (db m75966) HM
15 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Marshfield Post Office1930
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m48110) HM
16 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Marshfield's City Hall Clock and Fire Bell Reported missing
Raised May 29, 1901 • Removed Nov. 28, 1962 This 1,982 pound bell tolled the hours, served as community fire alarm and summoned volunteer firemen to meetings for more than four decades. The clock mechanism failed during World War II and the . . . Map (db m4731) HM
17 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — 295 — Prisoners of War
Prior to World War II, few Americans had ever been held as prisoners of war on foreign soil. But the surrender of U.S. forces in the Phillippines in the spring of 1942 suddenly swelled the number of POWs into the thousands, and soon a network of . . . Map (db m3193) HM
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18 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — September 11th Patriots Day...Lest We Forget
. . . Map (db m57544) HM
19 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Tower Hall
Built as Marshfield’s City Hall. The building also included the library and the fire department. 1901 Marshfield Historical RegisterMap (db m75965) HM
20 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Veterans Field of Honor
Dedicated for the Sacrifice to the Cause of FreedomMap (db m78921) WM
21 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Veterans Memorial
In Memory Of World War Veterans 1917 — 1919 Dedicated 1938Map (db m57444) WM
22 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — World War Memorial
Dedicated by The People of Marshfield to the Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives for America's Cause During the World War ———— George Arnett · William Arnett · Louis Binder · Frank Boyer · Frederick W. . . . Map (db m78336) WM
23 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — World's Largest Round Barn
Designed and erected by F.A. Felhofer and his six brothers for dairy cattle shows and sales of the Central Wisconsin State Fair Association. 1916 Marshfield Historical RegisterMap (db m75959) HM
24 Wisconsin, Wood County, Marshfield — Youth Baseball Donor Recognition Monument
This Youth Baseball Donor Recognition monument was commissioned in 2008 by MARSH-21. Its location marks the former intersection of Oak Avenue and 2nd Street, which was converted into park area as part of the Hwy 13 Veterans Parkway . . . Map (db m57332) HM
25 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — 14 — Ed “Strangler” Lewis
Robert Friedrich, who devoted a lifetime to the sport of wrestling, claims Nekoosa as his boyhood home. Born in 1890, he began his wrestling career at the age of sixteen when he challenged another local rival to raise funds for his baseball team. . . . Map (db m1963) HM
26 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — Nekoosa War Memorial
This memorial dedicated by parents, relatives and friends to perpetuate the memory of our valiant defenders of freedom who made the supreme sacrifice. World War I Hamel, Archie · Huggins, Robert · Jackon, Lucas · Larsen, . . . Map (db m42402) HM
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27 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — Point Bas
Lower limit of upper Wisconsin country. Called by Indians Ban-Gah-Je-Wung. First sawmill built just below here by Daniel Whitney in 1831. A strip three miles wide both sides of the Wisconsin ceded by Menominee Indians in 1836 from Point Bas forty . . . Map (db m7679) HM
28 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — Point Basse
   Point Basse, the French term for "low point" or "shallows," is located in what is now the Wood County township of Saratoga. For thousands of years Native Americans crossed the Wisconsin River here, the midpoint of a trail that ran east and . . . Map (db m76360) HM
29 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — 130 — Point Basse
Five rapids covering a distance of about three miles in this area were referred to as Nekoosa (swift water) by the Chippewa Indians, who made their campground on high Swallow Rock overlooking these rapids. At the lower end of the rapids, Wakeley’s . . . Map (db m1109) HM
30 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — Veterans Memorial
[seal of The Liberty Tree] All Gave Some Some Gave All Nekoosa Veterans of Foreign Wars Domtar Industries Inc. Dedicated 11 November 2004Map (db m50257) HM
31 Wisconsin, Wood County, Nekoosa — 28 — Wakely’s TavernPointe Basse Reported missing
  Built in 1831, Wakely’s Tavern and Trading Post was the first white settler’s house in present Wood County. River piers, shingle mill, warehouse, and gunpowder pit contributed to making this site a rendezvous for Indians, voyageurs, lumbermen . . . Map (db m1193) HM
32 Wisconsin, Wood County, Pittsville — Center of the State of Wisconsin
In the early 1950's Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr. frequently visited the Pittsville area. On one such trip he proclaimed Pittsville to be the exact center of the State by Official Proclamation on the 27th of June, 1952. Professional Land Surveyors . . . Map (db m131254) HM
33 Wisconsin, Wood County, Pittsville — City Founders’ Cemetery“Pitts’ Cemetery”
This cemetery is the final resting place of men, women and children who settled Pittsville and the surrounding area. Some tombstones have weathered, some broke; some graves were never marked. Some stones were moved, but time and nature cannot remove . . . Map (db m7616) HM
34 Wisconsin, Wood County, Port Edwards — 86 — Cranberry Culture
For countless ages the wild cranberry flourished in many marshy areas of Central Wisconsin. In 1829 Daniel Whitney mentioned the purchase of three canoe loads of cranberries brought down the Yellow River by Indians from the area now known as . . . Map (db m1215) HM
35 Wisconsin, Wood County, Port Edwards — 13 — John Edwards Jr.1831 – 1891
A native of England, John Edwards Jr. settled in this area in 1859 to assume operation of his father’s sawmill, the nucleus around which the village of Port Edwards developed. Founded in 1840, the Edwards Sawmill was incorporated in 1890 into the . . . Map (db m1221) HM
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36 Wisconsin, Wood County, Port Edwards — John Edwards Jr. Office Building
In 1872, John Edwards Jr. became the sole owner of the Edwards and Clinton sawmill in Port Edwards, plus several other business ventures that included a general store, post office, boarding house, farming interests and land speculations. In order to . . . Map (db m51539) HM
37 Wisconsin, Wood County, Port Edwards — John Jones 2nd Burial Site
The official Civil War roster of Company G of the Wisconsin 12th infantry lists two men named John Jones. They are listed as John Jones 1st and John Jones 2nd. John Jones 1st gravesite has been located in the Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton, . . . Map (db m5954) HM
38 Wisconsin, Wood County, Rudolph — Edmund J. Rybicki
In memory of Edmund J. Rybicki Co-builder of the Grotto Shrine 1916 - 1991 For 62 years of dedicated service "Without his cheerful assistance and courageous endurance I could never have accomplished what I did." . . . Map (db m9140) HM
39 Wisconsin, Wood County, Rudolph — Father Philip J. WagnerDec. 23, 1882 — Nov. 1, 1959
Pastor of St. Philomena’s Parish July 1917 — Nov. 1959 Founder of Grotto ShrineMap (db m9142) HM
40 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — “The Iron Horse in Grand Rapids” — Historic Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin —
    1871-72 found the iron horse arriving in Grand Rapids & Centrailia. The railroad bridge replaced log, river rafting & its loss of life on the dangerous river rapids. A modern iron bridge was built to withstand the early, spring thaws. Long, . . . Map (db m80421) HM
41 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — V. F. W. Post 2534 Veterans Memorial
Dedicated in Honor of the Men and Women Who Served Our Country in All WarsMap (db m80687) WM
42 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick
Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Final Alarm Bell Tower Dedicated to the memory of Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick, North Lake Volunteer Fire Department, North Lake, Wisconsin. Died in the line-of-duty October 7, 2004. . . . Map (db m5253) HM
43 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — 114 — Centralia Pulp and Paper Mill
Here the vast Wisconsin River paper industry began in 1887 when the Centralia Pulp and Water Power Company converted a saw mill into a pulp and paper mill. The pulp mill spanned the river to the island at the site of the present hydro-electric . . . Map (db m1043) HM
44 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Corenso North AmericaRecycling Everyone's Future — Historic Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin —
   In 1891, Oberbeck Bros. Mfg. Co. created fine furniture. After 30 years, the company was shut down in 1918 when the U.S. government declared furniture mfg. non-essential during W.W.I. As a result, Ahdawagam Paper Prod. Co. was formed to . . . Map (db m80408) HM
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45 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — 27 — Dr. Byron Robinson1855 – 1910
Byron Robinson, born in southern Wisconsin, worked his way through Mineral Point Seminary and the University of Wisconsin from which he received a degree in 1878. In 1882, following graduation from Rush Medical College, Dr. Robinson located in Grand . . . Map (db m1887) HM
46 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — 585 — Dr. John E. Toepfer1948-2018
A native of Wisconsin and graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, John E. Toepfer made a lifelong commitment to researching the greater prairie chicken, focusing many of his efforts on these grasslands of central Wisconsin. . . . Map (db m147223) HM
47 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Elizabeth Daly House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1909Map (db m76357) HM
48 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — 25 — Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River
Indians called this section of the river “Ahdawagam”—the two sided rapids, while lumbermen knew it as “Grand Rapids”—the most treacherous stretch of the river, accentuated by perilous Sherman Rock. Bloomer, . . . Map (db m1024) HM
49 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Historic Municipal Swimming PoolConsolidated Water Power Co. – Stora Enso Reported missing
In 1913, a municipal pool was established on this site. Members of the pool commission seen in this image are from left – J.R. Ragan, George Mead I, and Edgar Doudna. Today, the dams operated by Consolidated Water Power Co. provide flood . . . Map (db m36163) HM
50 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Ho-Chunk 32nd "Red Arrow" Division Veterans Memorial
The seven men, whose names are etched on the memorial boulder, are from the Winnebago Tribe, now known as the Ho-Chunk Nation. These Ho-Chunk Warriors all belong to the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division. On 9-29-1918, Allied Forces along with the American . . . Map (db m217839) HM WM
51 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Milwaukee Gasoline LocomotivePlay on me... but be careful!
I was built in the 1920's and helped build several dams along the Wisconsin River. Then Nekoosa Papers Inc. purchased me and I helped build Nepco Lake. Next I saw action working on the Nekoosa Dam and the water pipeline to the Nekoosa mill. Wood . . . Map (db m26517) HM
52 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — 533 — Myron "Grim" NatwickAugust 16, 1890 — October 7, 1990
Wisconsin Rapids native Myron "Grim" Natwick, the "animator's animator" was the creative genius behind Fleischer Studios' cartoon character and cultural icon, Betty Boop. Natwick was also the lead animator of Snow White in Disney's Snow White . . . Map (db m34313) HM
53 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Our Medical History150 Years of Caring — 1855-2007 —
A Tribute to our Physicians & Nursing Personnel of the 19th & 20th Centuries 1855 • ”Hospital” — Above Otto Drugs 1855 • Dr. G.W. Whitney — Grand Rapids 1856 • Dr. Patrick Hurley — . . . Map (db m171055) HM
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54 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — The Great Pine
This huge log was cut from a mighty white pine which grew southwest of the armory on 2nd Avenue South in Wisconsin Rapids and escaped the axe of the lumberjacks for many decades. The tree was 181 years of age. It was 78 years old and quite a tree . . . Map (db m25239) HM
55 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Winnebago Indians1919
Ah-Dah-Wa-Gam Chapter D. A. R. In recognition of the Loyalty & Patriotism of the Winnebago Indians ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Corporal Foster DeCorah Robert DeCorah · Jesse Thompson Mike . . . Map (db m17748) WM
56 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — 570 — Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships
The sport of competitive show skiing was born when the first Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament was held in July of 1967. Wisconsin Rapids native Jack Lukes was instrumental in creating the tournament, helping write the tournament rules, and . . . Map (db m185572) HM
57 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Wood County CemeteryIn Memorium
Persons interred in this county cemetery include former residents of the county poor farm and home for the aged as well as others requiring county burial between the years 1891 and 1948. [names] Donated by Martin ZurkowskiMap (db m22580) HM
58 Wisconsin, Wood County, Wisconsin Rapids — Wood County Veterans Memorial
They rest in peace so we may live in peace. [reverse] In Memory of All American Veterans This memorial honors all American veterans who although separated by generations shared a common, undeniable goal to valiantly protect . . . Map (db m29198) HM
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Dec. 10, 2023