Historic Menomonie lies alongside the beautiful Red Cedar River in western Wisconsin. A town with a rich, diverse history, it grew to become home to a massive lumbering era spearheaded by four innovative pioneer men whose heritage continues to identify the city. Lumbering gave way to the establishment of respected sleigh, brick, piano, and cigar factories in the early 1900s. Throughout these eras, up until the present, inventors, artists, educators, philanthropists, and farmers all put their stamp on the town. Home to the popular Red Cedar Trail, it also is the site of the Mabel Tainter Theatre, an ornate historic building constructed to memorialize a young daughter. Dairy farms still pepper the hillsides, small businesses line Main Street, farmers still market products in the park, and Stout University leads the way in education; and always the arts abound in the nooks and valleys that comprise Menomonie."
The photographs in this collection were gathered from local citizens, the Stout University Archives, and the Wilson Place Museum. Ann Christy Dybvik, teacher, Menomonie resident, and author, gathered and organized these photographs, calling upon knowledgeable local historians to provide historic background and details for this tribute to the community in which many have chosen to live.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments 6 Introduction 7 Where On Earth 9 People 29 Resources and Recreation 57 Commerce and Craft 85 Education and Learning 111