The Home of Colby Cheese

The Home of Colby Cheese (HM5UI)

Location: Colby, WI 54421 Clark County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 54.407', W 90° 18.982'

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At his father's cheese factory about one mile south and one mile west of here, Joseph F. Steinwand in 1885 developed a new and unique type of cheese. He named it for the township in which his father, Ambrose Steinwand, Sr., had built northern Clark County's first cheese factory three years before. The town had taken its name from Gardner Colby, whose company built the Wisconsin Central railroad through here.

Colby is a mild, soft, moist cheese. Its taste became known in the neighboring areas and an 1898 issue of the Colby Phonograph noted that "A merchant in Phillips gives as one of the 13 reasons why people should trade with him, that he sells the genuine Steinwand Colby Cheese."

After the turn of the century this area became one of the great cheese producing centers in the nation and Colby cheese a favorite in countries the world around.
HM NumberHM5UI
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number161
Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 1:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 711854 N 4976099
Decimal Degrees44.90678333, -90.31636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 54.407', W 90° 18.982'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 54' 24.42" N, 90° 18' 58.92" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-231 S 1st St, Colby WI 54421, US
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