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Merrill Wisconsin: Beautiful City of Parks

Nestled in beautiful northern Wisconsin, Merrill Wisconsin has its roots from the settlements of the great timber era of the 1840’s.


Merrill Wisconsin

by Joel Jacobson

Come and visit Merrill Wisconsin

Known as the City of Parks, quaint and charming Merrill Wisconsin has a lot to offer in a small city. There are 18 parks in the small town of 10,000 people.

Nestled in beautiful northern Wisconsin, Merrill Wisconsin has its roots from the settlements of the great timber era of the 1840’s. Originally known as Jenny Bull Falls, it legally changed its name to Merrill Wisconsin in honor of the general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Mr. S.S. Merrill, in 1881.

Electric street cars were put into place in Merrill Wisconsin in 1890, one of the first such installations in the world.

During the 1890’s, Merrill Wisconsin was going through its lumbering boom. That year, with 8 mills in operation, a staggering 150,000,000 board feet of lumber was produced along with 86 million shingles. Merrill is still known as a principal millwork center because of its history of lumbering in the community.

Merrill Wisconsin has a lot of to do because of its fantastic location in Northern Wisconsin. Ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter, fishing and boating in the spring and summer are just starters.

One of the biggest events in Merrill Wisconsin in the summer is the Badger State Regional Summer Games. This is a competition from youths all over the state who compete in all different types of events. Winners travel to Madison for the state finals.

The Central Wisconsin Polka festival is an even that draws thousands to Merrill Wisconsin. A whole weekend of music, dancing, and the Labor Day parade is one of the largest in the area.

Some other events that Merrill Wisconsin offers is Art on the Courthouse Square. Great local artists and crafters display their wares on the courthouse lawn for show and sale. Other favorite activities in the summer are the farmer’s market, horse shows, and an annual professional rodeo.

No need to sit inside in Merrill Wisconsin during the winter months. Winterfest is a gathering for outdoor games and contests that make it a seasonal favorite. Octoberfest and Crazy Days are two events which bring thousands of shoppers to Merrill year.

If you’re interested in the history of Merrill Wisconsin, the Merrill historical museum will take you back in time. Once the home of Thomas B. Scott, a prominent lumber baron, who was the first mayor of Merrill, this museum offers a great deal of interest to Scott’s background and the beginning of Merrill’s long history in lumber.

You can also take in a show while you’re in Merrill Wisconsin. The Merrill Community Players do an outstanding job of staging plays and dinner theaters. In the winter time, some of the world’s best entertainers travel to Merrill for a series of winter concerts through the Merrill Area Concert Association. Merrill also has one of the last city bands in the state and performs weekly during the summer at various events and evening concerts at the Strange’s Park band shell.

So if you’re looking for a great weekend getaway, check out Merrill Wisconsin. It has a lot to offer for a small, quaint little city in beautiful northern Wisconsin.

Joel Jacobson is a freelance writer, web designer, and product design engineer. He's an avid fisherman who loves to northern and musky fish. He and his wife recently adopted two infant girls from Russia, and that keeps them quite busy.

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