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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wausau
Wausau, Wisconsin and Vicinity
▶ Marathon County (35) ▶ Clark County (27) ▶ Langlade County (9) ▶ Lincoln County (6) ▶ Portage County (27) ▶ Shawano County (8) ▶ Taylor County (2) ▶ Waupaca County (35) ▶ Wood County (54)
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|Imagine this area over two billion years ago, covered by the waters of an ancient Precambrian sea. This ocean deposited sand on the sea floor, and these ripple marks on the rocks in front of you formed by wave action in the sand.
Over time, the . . . — — Map (db m16319) HM|
In Memory of
Battle of the
Triumph of Courage
World War II
Dec.16, 1944 – Jan. 25, 1945
This is undoubtedly the greatest American
battle of the war and will, I believe, be
regarded as an ever . . . — — Map (db m42768) HM|
On this site known as
Big Bull Falls
now the City of Wausau
established the first
This tablet placed by
Daughters of the . . . — — Map (db m42558) HM|
|In the early 1800s, timber supplies were coming to an end in the eastern United States. The Westward Expansion—the settlement of the prairies and mountainous regions west of the Mississippi—was driving the hunger for more timber with . . . — — Map (db m44309) HM|
|The earliest American settlers were drawn to Big Bull Falls for the timber business, but other businesses soon sprouted. Lumbermen and their families needed supplies and services. Soon after George Stevens built the first sawmill Wausau began to . . . — — Map (db m44645) HM|
A Grateful Peoples
Cutler Post. — — Map (db m42686) HM|
|Rural Teacher Training needs became apparent in Marathon County before the turn of the century. John F. Lamont, Marathon County School Superintendent, investigated the problem and urged Senator A. L. Kruetzer to introduce legislation in the 1887 . . . — — Map (db m87007) HM|
|The Wisconsin Workmen's Compensation Act of 1911 assured victims of work-related accidents or illnesses just compensation regardless of fault. With this law, enacted on May 3, 1911, Wisconsin became the first state to have a constitutional system . . . — — Map (db m17859) HM|
|Resting eternally in this hallowed ground where you are now standing are the remains of original settlers; the pioneers, the woodsmen, and the rivermen from this area's earliest years as a center of the timber industry. An earlier cemetery in the . . . — — Map (db m76667) HM|
|Geologists have determined that Rib Mountain is more than 1.7 billion years old — one of the oldest rock formations on earth. In fact, three large quartzite hills, or monadnocks, are found here in the Wausau area.
The largest monadnock, . . . — — Map (db m16316) HM|
|Towering 1,940 feet above sea level, Rib Mountain is the third highest point in Wisconsin. From here, you can look out over the patchwork of homes, factories and farm land that covers the landscape.
You may even see a hawk or turkey vulture . . . — — Map (db m8466) HM|
|G.A.R. — — Map (db m42885) HM|
In the First American National Bank building which once stood here, Employers Insurance of Wausau opened, on June 1, 1928, a facility for rehabilitating injured workers. It was the first center of its kind established by the insurance industry. To . . . — — Map (db m89816) HM|
|The summit of this rock is the
highest known point in the state
–1940 feet above sea level–
This land, forty acres in area,
was presented to the commonwealth
on January 26, 1923, by the estate of
Jacob . . . — — Map (db m8479) HM|
|This park is located on the summit of Rib Mountain, one of the most prominent isolated hills in Wisconsin. Just as the stump covered field enables us to picture the forest that has long since been cut – so by the study of the old worn down . . . — — Map (db m16367) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m89823) HM|
|From the 1840's to 1920's, logging overshadowed all other industries in Wisconsin. The state's northern pine forests became "pineries," providing logs to meet the nation's increasing demand for building materials.
Timber cut from these pineries . . . — — Map (db m74237) HM|
|These granite blocks were part of the third Marathon County Courthouse completed in May 1892, it stood on the block bounded by Third, Scott, Fourth and Jefferson Streets. This courthouse was razed in April, 1955. — — Map (db m48178) HM|
|For ourselves and for every person who has found pleasure, peace and kinship with nature in these lovely acres, these lands are inscribed by the Kiwanis Club of Wausau.
Charles E. Parker was the prime mover in the acquisition of this land by . . . — — Map (db m16313) HM|
|Clean drinking water has always been important, but in 1885, Wausau Water Works was built for a different reason — to supply water for fighting fires. 1885 was an especially bad fire year in Wausau. There were 23 alarm fires, including a . . . — — Map (db m48064) HM|
|If you were a french voyageur in the 1600s or arrived with George Stevens in 1838, you would have heard and seen large rapids churning and bubbling here in front of you. Without dams, the river was much shallower than it is now. It swirled and . . . — — Map (db m44343) HM|
|"Erected by the people of Marathon County and Burns Post No. 388 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. in grateful appreciation of the noble sacrifices of those from this county who gave their lives in the World War 1917–1918"
Ahart Joe . . . — — Map (db m48149) HM|