Marker 388: Downtown Sheboygan Falls Historic District

Erected 1998 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
 43° 43.882′ N, 87° 48.779′ W
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DOWNTOWN SHEBOYGAN FALLS
HISTORIC DISTRICT
In 1835, upon finding these falls and their fine water power, Massachusetts pioneer and entrepreneur Silas Stedman decided to purchase the surrounding land for village and industrial development. The following year, Stedman platted the "Town of Rochester" and built the first sawmill at the falls. By 1849, the industrial center grew to three sawmills, a fanning mill manufactory, two flour mills and an iron foundry. In 1850, Wisconsin legislators renamed the "Town of Rochester" to Sheboygan Falls and the village continued to develop throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Downtown Sheboygan Falls Historic District, bounded by the Sheboygan River on the east and Detroit Street on the west and including Broadway, Pine and Monroe streets, encapsulates this history. This compact and picturesque district contains many industrial and commercial building examples in a variety of architectural styles dating from the 1840s through the early 20th century. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The marker is located in Settlers Park on northbound Wisconsin Highway 33 / Main Street, north of its intersection with Monroe Street, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin 53085.

Historic Sheboygan Falls
In 1835, upon finding the falls of the Sheboygan River and their fine water power, Massachusetts pioneer and entrepreneur Silas Stedman decided to purchase the surrounding land for village and industrial development. The following year, Stedman platted the Town of Rochester and built the first sawmill at the falls. By 1849, the industrial center grew to three sawmills, a tanning mill manufactory, two flour mills and an iron foundry. In 1850, Wisconsin legislators renamed the Town of Rochester to Sheboygan Falls and the village continued to develop throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Downtown Sheboygan Falls Historic District encapsulates this history. This compact and picturesque district contains many industrial and commercial building examples in a variety of architectural styles dating from the 1840s through the early 20th century. This district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The Downtown Sheboygan Falls Historic District is a "Wisconsin Main Street" community, and also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin: Sheboygan County. 



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