Gays Mills, Crawford County, Wisconsin
43° 18.917′ N, 90° 50.441′ W
Farmers in this area learned early that the land on both sides of the Kickapoo River offered excellent conditions for apple-growing. In 1905 John Hays and Ben Twining collected apples from eight or ten farmers around Gays Mills for exhibit at the State Fair. The exhibit won first prize, then went on to capture first honors in a national apple show in New York. This experience prompted the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society to urge a project of "trial orchards" around the state to interest growers in commercial production. The Society examined a site on High Ridge and planted five acres with five recommended varieties. By 1911 the orchard had grown so vigorously that an organization was formed in Gays Mills to promote the selling of orchards. Today more than a thousand acres here produce apples nationally known for their color and flavor.
The marker is located on a bluff at a highway turnout on southwest State Route 171, at or near 48376 State Route 171, Gays Mills, Wisconsin 54631.
Gays Mills: Apple Capital of Wisconsin
The view into the Gays Mills valley from the marker location . . .
The view from the marker location is breathtaking --
It's a very steep climb to the marker location.
Nearby apple orchard . . .
The marker is located in Gays Mills, Wisconsin.