Marathon County Historical Society- home of the Yawkey House Museum & The Woodson History Center.
The landscape of Downtown Wausau contains many buildings that show the development of this community from the collection of lumber mills to the modern city it has become.
The mark of just what constituted a modern city has changed since George Stevens established the first sawmill in what was known in the 1840s as Big Bull Falls. A railroad depot was important for any aspiring town in the 1870s. A free public library and the start of a school system became important in the early years of the twentieth century. And the twentieth century saw many thriving businesses; from the headquarters for international companies to locally-owned shops and stores.
Through these buildings that were proclaimed as bringers of a modern city. Many have changed with the times, and have been repurposed for the challenges of new generations. But they remain an excellent way to understand the people and places of Wausau, Wisconsin.