Edgar Wilson Nye

Edgar Wilson Nye (HM6CJ)

Location: River Falls, WI 54022 St Croix County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 54.702', W 92° 33.504'

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1850 - 1896

"Bill" Nye, journalist, lecturer, author, and humorist, grew to manhood in this quiet valley of the Kinnickinnic, which flows southwesterly through River Falls. The tall-tales of frontier humor were popular regionally before 1860. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Bill Nye widely popularized similar exaggerations until they were considered typically American. In the country church, three-fourths mile eastward, Bill Nye practiced public speaking to empty pews. He was then a student at River Falls Academy, now State University. The family homestead is three-fourths mile south of the church. He delighted his audiences by referring to it as "a hundred and sixty acres of beautiful ferns and bright young rattlesnakes." Ferns are few, and the snakes are gone if they were ever there.
HM NumberHM6CJ
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number165
Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 5:09am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 534858 N 4973236
Decimal Degrees44.91170000, -92.55840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 54.702', W 92° 33.504'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 54' 42.12" N, 92° 33' 30.24" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 324-354 WI-65, River Falls WI 54022, US
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