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Stevens Point

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The Stevens Point area, with its history as rich and diverse as the present community today, owes its namesake to George Stevens. After the signing of the 1836 Lumberman’s Treaty, a pact made with the Menominee Indians allowing logging and saw milling along the Wisconsin River, Stevens purchased a shack housing logging supplies. Unbeknownst to the business entrepreneur, he had just founded Stevens Point. By 1844 the first land entry was made for Stevens Point, becoming an established town by 1847, and by 1850 the logging community boasted a population of 200.

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In addition to the timber industry, the area owes much of its development to the Old Wisconsin Central Railroad (Soo Line). The railroad transported cargo and passengers alike through Northern Wisconsin. A railroad romance story rivaling the historic building of the Union Pacific across the West, the railroad linked Central Wisconsin to the rest of the country. Today a historical marker has been erected at the west end of Main Street in downtown Stevens Point along the banks of the Wisconsin River commemorating its founder, George Stevens.

The economic life of the area has grown beyond the lumber industries and trading posts that used to dot the Wisconsin Shore. Today, major employers within Stevens Point include: Sentry Insurance, UW-Stevens Point, Stora Enso North America, Sunrise Medical CCG, Associated bank, Copps Corporation, Donaldson Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Canadian National and Worzalla Publishing. These industries, combined together with the dairy, beef, forest products and cranberry production, give the Stevens Point area the most diversified economy in the state of Wisconsin.

Located in Northwest Portage County, the George W. Mead Wildlife Area is the 3rd largest in the state and features 30,000 acres of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Hunters can hunt bear, deer, ducks, geese and small game. Bikers & hikers can enjoy a 6.5 mile trail May 15-September 1. Bird watching is always spectacular, 268 species of birds have been recorded here. The Wisconsin River and Lake DuBay along with several small lakes, offer miles of water for water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, jet skiing, sail boating and canoeing. Stop at one of the many beaches along the river or lakes to picnic or sunbathe. A $2 million Education & Visitor Center opened in spring, 2005. Conveniently located in the center of the state, the Stevens Point area has something for everyone!

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