Photographed March 27, 2015
Completed by artist Kelly Meredith
Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin
The murals are located inside a walkway adjacent to the east side of the Portage County Library. The library address is 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481.
This series of mini-murals is the 8th installment in the Stevens Point "Windows to the Past" murals project. The murals depict the first 150 years of Stevens Point's history, beginning with surveyor Jashua Hathaway and founding father George Stevens, and ending with the Hardware Mutual Insurance building and its founder.
By Kasia Gregorczyk, Channel 7 News -- Includes fabulous 3-minute news video of the project.
Portage County Timeline (from 1827 to the present)
The mural is one in a series of murals included in the Stevens Point Historic Murals Walk.
Carl Jacobs stands in front of the Hardware Mutual Insurance building,
now home to Sentry Insurance.
Some of the workers at the first paper mill in Stevens Point, built in 1918.
The Stevens Point Depot
Mandana Hale Bliss / The White School
Polish immigrant girl, with her teacher, Mandana Hale Bliss.
Point Brewery, the city's longest established business,
started in 1857 by George Ruder and Frank Wahle.
Lumberjacks, also known as river rats, helped guide the logs down
river to the saw mills and paper mills, and were early pioneers of Stevens Point
when it was known as "The Gateway to the Pineries".
George Stevens, Stevens Point's namesake.
Joshua Hathaway (to the left) was the first (in 1839) to survey
the area around the Wisconsin River.
George Stevens (to the right) put Stevens Point on the map by purchasing
a log shack to store supplies for his logging / sawmilling business up river.
The Main Street entrance to the walkway.
Access the murals to the far right of the library,
where the walkway housing the murals is located.
(NOTE: This side of the library faces Clark Street / Wisconsin Route 66.)