Plum City: Early History

Plum City: Early History (HMWUU)

Location: Plum City, WI 54761 Pierce County
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N 44° 37.901', W 92° 11.573'

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French traders and Native Americans traveled these rich hunting grounds over 300 years ago. When European settlement began in this area about 150 years later, many settlers followed the old St. Antoine Trail east from the Mississippi River to this location. Here, at the juncture of the trail and Plum Creek, speculator Frank Moser acquired and had surveyed forty acres of land in 1857. With great hopes for future development and inspired by the profusion of plum trees in the area, he named the new settlement Plum City. The entrepreneurial Moser and his brother constructed a dam and sawmill, but the isolated town developed slowly and after eleven years only ten log and two frame buildings had been built. The economy boomed in the 1870s when many pioneering farmers bought Plum City's fencing lumber for farms in eastern Minnesota. After 1900, Plum City became a prosperous farming community with a large business district. But throughout its history, the enduring heart of Plum City has remained this serene natural Spring Pond.

Erected 1997
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number356
Year Placed1997
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 2:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 564019 N 4942353
Decimal Degrees44.63168333, -92.19288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.901', W 92° 11.573'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 54.06" N, 92° 11' 34.38" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515 Main St, Plum City WI 54761, US
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