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Marshfield owes its existence to the twin factors of railroads and timber. The first permanent white settlers, the Rivers brothers, built a two-room hotel in Marshfield because they heard that Wisconsin Central Railroad crews would travel through on the way to Ashland, Wisconsin. The brothers had a saloon, a sleeping room with bunk beds, and food ready and waiting when the railway crews arrived in 1872. Marshfield's central location made it a crossroads for up to five railroad lines, with 1,000 freight cars and 28 passenger trains passing through per day in 1893. Timber led to the establishment of sawmills, stave and heading mills, and shingle and veneer factories. As the timberland was clear-cut, the townspeople turned to agriculture. New industries appeared, including dairies, a pickle factory, a brewery, and several cigar factories. Today, one of the dominant industries is health care, with extensive medical research being conducted at the Marshfield Clinic.
ISBN: 9780738588728
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Images of America
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
According to legend, Marshfield's first postmaster, Louis Rivers, gave the city its name as a reference to Samuel Marsh, who, with John Magee, owned the land that became the village. The photographs in this volume are only part of those available in the archives of the North Wood County Historical Society.