DescriptionMenomonie began as a lumber mill settlement on the Red Cedar River in 1830. Almost 50 years later the town's lumber corporation had become one of the largest in the world. Dairying later replaced lumbering as the city's economic mainstay.
Several 19th-century attractions downtown recall the days of the early lumber barons. Near Lake Menomin stand stately Victorian mansions of the founders of Knapp Stout & Co.: the 1868 John Holly Knapp House, 500 Meadow Hill Dr., and the 1846 Wilson Place, 101 Wilson Ct. The John Holly Knapp House, known now as Bundy Hall, serves as a meditation retreat. Wilson Place, now a museum depicting the early settlement era, was the estate of Sen. James H. Stout, founder of the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie; phone (715) 235-2283.
Of humbler origin is the home of Caddie Woodlawn, the subject of the 1935 Newbury Award-winning children's book “Caddie Woodlawn” by Carol Ryrie Brink. The Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park, 8 miles south on SR 25, contains the pioneer girl's home and provides picnic facilities; phone (715) 232-8685, ext. 100.
Bordering the Red Cedar River along the western city limits is the 14-mile limestone-surfaced Red Cedar State Trail for bicyclists, hikers and cross-country skiers. Lake Menomin offers boating, and the Red Cedar River provides good fishing. Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area, 9 miles northeast, has 9 miles of trails and an observation tower; phone (715) 232-1242. During the summer the Ludington Guard Band performs every Tuesday evening at 8 in the Wilson Park band shell.
Visitor InfoGreater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center 342 E. Main St. MENOMONIE, WI 54751. Phone:(715)235-9087 or (800)283-1862
Things to SeeThe Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts