Menomonee River and Lower Falls

© Photographed July 4, 2015
Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
43.177265,-88.112807 (marker location)
43.178574,-88.114302 (parking lot)

MENOMONEE RIVER AND LOWER FALLS
Prior to the earliest settlement of the Village, the Menomonee River was an important resource for the Menominee and Chippewa Indian tribes who lived in this area. The Menomonee River was named after the Native American word "Min-no-min-ee" which means "wild rice". In presettlement days, the river was a meandering, easy flowing stream except for a series of natural falls and rapids which occurred between Main Street and the Lime Kilns. The waterfall at this site recalls the natural character of the river that once existed upstream before the construction of the Lepper Dam and Mill Pond. Early settlers of the Village used the river's steplike descent to develop several water powered mills. One such development was a sawmill constructed at this site in 1856 by Charles Nehs. This site was also the location of the Mace Lime Kilns built in 1891. Two of the original three kilns and the white lime spoils pile from the lime burning process are still visible today.
The marker is located on the west bank of the Menomonee River, at Lime Kiln Park, and is accessible from a parking lot accessible from northbound Mills Street between Appleton Avenue / Wisconsin Highway 175 (to the south) and Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 74 (to the north), Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051.

NOTE: The marker is an easy .3-mile walk from the parking lot.

Lime Kiln Park is included in the Menomonee Falls Historic Walking Tour

These markers are also located at Lime Kiln Park:

With the Menomonee River visible in the background.



The marker is visible to the left of the lime kiln.

 Follow this path to the marker's location.

 Follow this path, adjacent to the parking lot, to the marker's location.

Park in this parking lot to access the marker
The marker is located at Lime Kiln Park in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

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