Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County

Pomeranian Settlement in Marathon County (HM1MVR)

Location: Athens, WI 54411 Marathon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 4.538', W 89° 47.323'

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In the 1850s, in the midst of Wisconsin's lumber boom, a large migration of Germans helped settle Marathon County. This group hailed from Pomerania, a former Prussian province in present-day northern Germany and Poland. Immigration continued for the next several decades, but the largest movement occurred in 1867. That year, Wausau merchant August Kickbusch journeyed back home to convince his former neighbors of Wisconsin's riches. More than 700 immigrants followed him to Wisconsin. Pomeranians spoke PlattDeutsch, also known as Low German, and established several Lutheran churches. Members of today's Pommerscher Verein (Pomeranian Society) of Central Wisconsin work to preserve the language and traditions that helped shape the culture of this region.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 280495 N 4995136
Decimal Degrees45.07563333, -89.78871667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 4.538', W 89° 47.323'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 4' 32.28" N, 89° 47' 19.38" W
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Area Code(s)715
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9800-11344 Berlin Ln, Athens WI 54411, US
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