Marker 114: Centralia Pulp and Paper Mill

 Erected 1962 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin
44° 22.151′ N, 89° 51.526′ W

Here the vast Wisconsin River paper industry began in 1887 when the Centralia Pulp and Water Power Company converted a saw mill into a pulp and paper mill.

The pulp mill spanned the river to the island at the site of the present hydro-electric plant. The paper mill and boiler house were located on the island. Paper finishing and shipping facilities were located just south of this marker.

Two paper machines were installed and five water-driven pulpwood grinders reduced logs to pulp. The paper mill operated until 1912 when it was destroyed by fire. The pulp mill was removed in 1920 to make room for an addition to the hydro-electric plant.

From this beginning, the Wisconsin River area now has become the largest producer of printing papers in the United States.
The marker is located on northbound 2nd Avenue South / State Highway 54 / 73, at its intersection with Hurley Street, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54495.

This maker is difficult to access in the snow.
I had to park across the street and use my zoom lens to take this photo.

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