Prairie Trails

© Photographed July 30, 2016
Merrill, Lincoln County, Wisconsin
45°11'34.8"N 89°40'45.1"W
45.193000, -89.679196

Prairie Trails
A jewel of a public space was resurrected from the banks of the Historic Prairie River in 2004. The previous industry of Ward Papers used this basin as a water source providing power for paper production. The reservoir was first used in the great logging era of the late 1800's for harvest of the pineries. The logging boom was the reason for the City of Jenny Bull Falls' growth; Later [sic] "Jenny" was changed to the City of Merrill.

The conservation of lowland prairie is essential to many forms of flora and fauna, here floods and forest fires would have maintained this habitat in long past days. This space is yours to enjoy; [sic]I with the meandering, fertile Prairie River flowing through for your fishing, history and nature exploring pastimes.
This park is made possible by
The State of Wisconsin,
The City of Merrill, and
The International Paper Corp.

The marker is located at Prairie Trails Park and is accessible from southbound County Road K, south of its intersection with the Prairie River, at or near N2121 County Road K, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452.

The marker is visible in the distance, to the left.

The marker is located at Prairie Trails Park in Merrill, Wisconsin.

The marker is located in Merrill, Wisconsin.

Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
Merrill is a city of parks. Stange Park -- Wildwood Park --
Cenotaph Park and the Wisconsin and Prairie Rivers
contribute to the park-like appearance of the city.
Giant pines, rivers, lagoons, rustic bridges and wooded
shorelines make Merrill the city "beautiful."
Merrill is the Western Gateway to the world's most
concentrated lake region. Stop and linger awhile in Merrill.

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