Paper Making Kaukauna

Photographed April 16, 2015
Kaukauna, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
44.282029,-88.264576
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PAPER making Kaukauna
Although other industries have succeeded in Kaukauna, the paper industry was, and continues to be, a major influence on the development of the city. A number of paper mills have made their homes on the Fox River.

The location of Kaukauna ensures access to the key resources needed for paper making -- water and wood. Water is an important part of turning pulp into paper. Kaukauna is also near the prime timber locations in northern Wisconsin, making it an ideal place for paper mills.

In Kaukauna, the river is also used to create the electricity that powers the large paper making machines. This mix of critical resources has allowed the paper industry to grow and the city to prosper.
"Col. H. A. Frambach has this week purchased the entire
machinery of the Valley Paper Mill at Appleton, and will
commence to build a new mill in which to place the same."
From a newspaper report in the Kaukauna Times, March 6, 1885 [sic] under the heading ANOTHER PAPER MILL IN KAUKAUNA. This mill would mark a solid beginning for the paper industry in Kaukauna.
NOTE: This is a two-sided marker (see below).

The marker is located at Thilwerth Park on northbound Canal Street, just north of its intersection with Catherine Street / Taylor Street, Kaukauna, Wisconsin 54130.

These markers are also at this location:

With the referenced Thilmany Pulp and Paper Mills,
founded in 1883 by Oscar Thilmany, in the background.

With the Kaukauna Veterans Memorial Bridge in the background.

This 1896 photograph shows a paper machine which provided a continuous sheet of paper 90 inches wide. It was powered by energy generated by a waterwheel. Notice the exposed character of the machinery.
Oscar Thilmany at age 39. In 1883 he founded the Thilmany Pulp and Paper Mills, which can be seen across the river.


The other side of the marker (above and below)


PAPER making Kaukauna
WOOD
WATER
POWER
PEOPLE
PAPER
"The wasps teach us that paper can be made without the use of rags and linen. They seem to invite us to try whether we cannot make fine and good paper from the use of certain woods."
 RenĂ© Antoine Ferchault de RĂ©aumur, 1719
Developed the concept of using wood pulp for paper

 The marker is visible to the right, along the pathway.
Thilmany Pulp and Paper Mills, founded in 1883, in the background.


There is plenty of parking on Canal Street to access the marker location.

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