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Smoke stacks and paddle wheels. In the summer of 1823 the steamboat Virginia successfully negotiated the dangerous rapids at the mouth of the Des Moines River and became the first steam-powered vessel to navigate the upper Mississippi. By the …
Fort Crawford. The War of 1812 convinced America that in order to control their vast country they must occupy and develop it. In Prairie Du Chien this process began with the construction of Fort Crawford in the summer of 1816 Symbol of govern…
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Security Savings Bank1889
Apostle Islands Scenic View
You are looking out over the Chequamegon Bay region and Apostle Islands which comprises 22 Islands that form an archipelago about 30 miles long and 18 miles wide.
All except one of the Islands (Long Island) are tops …
Established in 1896 under the ownership of John P. Gehl, Gehl's Guernsey Farms became a significant center of commerce along the Fond du Lac Indian Trail in South Germantown. The original plant, located at the corner of Western Avenue and Main Str…
Side 1Rhinard I. Anderson began operating a garage and battery service station business here on April 14, 1914. By 1930, it transitioned into the R. I. Anderson Machine Shop.
Rugnar (Rhinard) Isidor Andersson (Anderson) was born in Stockholm, Sw…
Side 1The Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. It dates to Peter M. Johnson, Ed A. Leer, William Selmer, and Erick Solberg - all of rural Iola - and K. M. Sannes of rural Scandinavia signing articles of i…
Side 1The Iola Village Board at its September and October, 1892, meetings appointed and adopted a fire protection resolution committee report. At its subsequent Nov. 4 meeting it paid a $22.62 bill for the purchase of ladders; at its Feb. 4, 1893,…
Iola's organized skiing tradition dates back to Tuesday, January 11, 1910, when a group of individuals met in Justice Cleaves' office to initiate the organization of the Iola Ski Club, which morphed into the Iola Winter Sports Club some 10 years l…
In 1920, the Lakeside Power Plant opened here, becoming the world's largest plant to exclusively burn pulverized coal. The lighted smokestacks were visible to ship captains and airplane pilots for miles off shore until 1987 when the plant was razed.