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Grand Rapids plaque in Wisconsin Rapids
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Rapids is a city of a bit less than 20,000 population with a history of papermaking and currently an important location for cranberries. It is also an attractive place for Winter sports, fishing and water sports.
To people in the southern part of the state and elsewhere the city is part off the northwoods, which seems to apply to anything north of Madison, Wisconsin. It is, in fact, in Central Wisconsin. Local industries include paper mills, and Cranberry industry. It also houses a Paper Making Museum. And is the home of Renaissance. Learning, Inc. McMillan Public Library is very good resource for the size of the city.
Wisconsin Rapids has been my home for the last several years since retiring. It’s the county seat of Wood County and has a population of a little over 18,000.
The area was called “Adahwahgam”, which meant “Two-sided Rapids.” by the American Indians the area is divided by the Wisconsin River. Originally the west side was incorporated as Centralia and the east side as Grand Rapids. In 1900 the two cities merged and kept the name Grand Rapids. In 1920 the name was changed to avoid confusion with Grand Rapids, Michigan.
There is still a Grand Rapids, which is the home to 8,000 residents. It is the third largest community i
The area has a history of lumbering and paper mills. However, the industry does not employ as many people as it once did.in Wood County.
link to Wisconsin Rapids home page
- Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin - Home Page
The Official Website of the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Cranberry bog near Wisconsin Rapids
I was rather surprised when I moved here and found that cranberries were so important. Truthfully, I had never been a big fan of the fruit. I had always thought of it as a condiment to use once a year at Thanksgiving to go with turkey. However, I am learning to appreciate the fruit in various juice products now getting more popular.
To my surprise I find that it is a major commercial crop in several American states and Canada. Wisconsin, I find, produces more cranberries than other states and Wood County where Wisconsin Rapids resides, grows the majority of them. Wisconsin Rapids produces 30 percent of the world’s cranberries.
Cranberry Highway is a 49-mile self-guided scenic driving route that highlights Wisconsin's cranberry growing region.
The Cranberry trail is a 24-mile biking trail through the marshes and the Cranberry beds.
The area hosts an abundance of wildlife, including trumpeter swans, White-tail deer, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, ducks, geese, fox raccoons, and others wildlife. There is also an abundance of colorful trees and plants in the fall.
- Betty Boop-famous cartoon character
It seems that this classic cartoon character is a native of Wisconsin Rapids, or at least her creator is. Myron Grim Natwick was born August 16, 1890 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin where I presently...
The Wisconsin River, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Camelot, Lake Dexter, Lake Nepco, Lake Petenwell, Lake Sherwood and Lake Wazeecha are in the area. The fish available include, Bluegill, Black crappie, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth bass, Largemouth Bass, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Walleye, Northern Pike and Muskellunge.
Winter sports available are Snowmobiling, Ice fishing, Cross-county skiing,
There are also State and county parks.