Work begins on Marshfield sesquicentennial celebration
For the Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – After the Wisconsin Central Railroad was selected to construct a railroad from Portage to Lake Superior, they entered the Northwoods of Wisconsin, with lands rich in hardwoods and pine.
They called upon Louis Rivers, a French Canadian pioneer who had settled in Necedah, to set up a hotel at the location of a specific supply depot.
Drawn by the promise of free land and guaranteed business traffic, Louis and his brother, Frank, constructed a log building on what is now known as the northeast corner of North Chestnut Avenue and West Depot Street in the city of Marshfield. The building became home to a hotel, store, and tavern to service the railroad workers, pioneers, and travelers.
The first train arrived in Marshfield in July of 1872 and along with it came settlers. From that day, Marshfield grew into a hub of activity – a hub that will span 150 years as calendars turn to 2022.
The North Wood County Historical Society (NWCHS,) Marshfield Historic Preservation Association, MACCI, Visit Marshfield, and other individuals and organizations are collaborating on ways to celebrate Marshfield’s sesquicentennial in 2022, and are inviting others to help in the planning.
Individuals are needed for reenactments, research, activities, student collaborations, and more.
If you are interested in brainstorming, planning, or volunteering for the 150th anniversary event, contact NWCHS at 715-387-3322 or [email protected], or find “Celebrating 150 Years of Marshfield!” on Facebook. Those interested are invited to join planning meetings via Zoom.