For highlights of Dunn County history, explore our online
- Dunn County's First People
When Europeans arrived on the scene in the late 1780's
they found the area inhabited by Santee Dakota and Ojibwe people.
But these were not the region's first inhabitants.
- Place Names in Dunn County
An overview of how various cities and geographical features
in the county came to be named.
- A Menomonie Timeline
Historical highlights of the county seat's colorful history.
Compiled by John Russell for the book Where the Wild Rice Grow.
which was published for Menomonie's sesquicentennial.
- The Knapp, Stout & Co., Company
For more than 50 years, the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company
played an important role in the development of northwestern Wisconsin.
- James Huff Stout
Unlike most lumber barons, James Huff Stout spent his
fortune to better the welfare of his community as well as himself.
- The Tainter Gate
Used in water control dams and locks throughout the world,
the Tainter Gate was developed at the Knapp--Stout mill in Menomonie.
- The Louis Smith Tainter House
Once known to Stout students as Eichelberger Hall, the
Louis Smith Tainter House was designed by Harvey Ellis, an architect
known for his influence on 19th century Midwestern architecture, using
a style termed Richardsonian Romanesque.
- The Mabel Tainter Memorial
This beautifully restored building is listed on the National
Register of Historical Places, is a charter member of the League of
Historic American Theatres.
- The Wilson Place
Three generations of Wilson family have called the Wilson
Place --- built by the founder and first mayor of the city of Menomonie
--- their home.
- Bundy Hall
More recently, Bundy Hall was a conference center, summer camp
and retreat center, but it originally served as the Memononie home
of John Holly Knapp, founder of the Knapp, Stout and Co., Company
- Harry Miller: Automotive Genius
A Menomonie native, Miller was the greatest creative
figure in the history of the American racing car, whose engines and
cars dominated American racing for almost half a century.
- Kraft State Bank Robbery
In his 1993 book More Wisconsin Crimes of the Century,
author Marv Balousek selected the Kraft State Bank robbery as one
of the bloodiest in the state's history.
- Andy Pafko
Boyceville native Andy Pafko was an All-Star outfielder
and third baseman who played in four World Series.
Online articles from the Wisconsin Historical Society:
Menomonie Tourist Park (now Sanna Park) is described
in this article, part of a larger piece about the evolution of motels
- Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database
Ten items from the DCHS artifact collection are now featured in the Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database. The database is a new online resource for the study of craft traditions, manufacturing, state and local history, and material culture. This searchable archive brings together examples of furniture, ceramics, textiles, and other 19th and early 20th century material culture artifacts from the collections of museums and historic sites across Wisconsin.
Timothy Gerber details the rise and decline of Menomonie's
Harry A. Miller, whose design innovations revolutionized automobile
Robert F. Zeidel chronicles the Americanization of Nowegian
immigrant Johanes Johanson.
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