- Menomonie's first newspaper, the Dunn County Lumberman, founded by Knapp, Stout with C.S. Bundy as first editor. It eventually becomes the Dunn County News.
- German Evangelical Church comes to the area.
- County seat moved to Menomonie.
- Civil War breaks out. One hundred local men enlist in Co. K, the "Dunn County Pinery Rifles" of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. Eliza Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson, volunteers and accompanies the unit as a nurse.
- On February 17 Congregational Church organized in Newman Hall, a community building constructed by Knapp, Stout & Company.
- First Baptist congregation meetings held late in the year.
- Roman Catholic services begin In a small frame church on land donated by Knapp, Stout & Company.
- Indian "scare" panics the paranoid residents of the city who fear the worst while their young men who protect them are off to war. This was the scare that brought rumors of a massacre to the Dunnville area, a story that was the central theme in Carol Ryrie Brink's Caddie Woodlawn.
- Menomonie celebrates Independence Day for the first time.
- Nathan Eytcheson builds the village's first hotel, the Menomonie House, on Crescent Street.
- German Methodist Episcopal congregation erects church building on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West Second Street.
- Knapp, Stout & Company sells the Dunn County Lumberman to D.r E.G. Benjamin.
- On Saturday, April 8, the Dunn County Lumberman renamed the Dunn County News. Its office is a frame home located in the 100 block of Main Street (site of present Lee Building).
- Samuel B. French opens the first bank in town in his place of business on Main Street.
- The first Methodist Church dedicated in the spring. The Congregationalists share the facility.
- Fire destroys the 1859 schoolhouse in the village.
- Grob's Hall, a popular spot for dances and entertainment and the largest commercial building at the time, opens on south Broadway.
- P. Hansen opens the Central House.
- The newspaper Lean Wolf moves its operations from Durand to Menomonie in October.
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