The 100th anniversary of the flood that did massive damage in Wausau is just around the corner. July 23 and 24 of 1912, heavy rains caused the Wisconsin River to send floodwaters downstream. When the raging water Brokaw, Wausau, Schofield and Rothschild, it left a path of destruction behind.
No lives were lost, but dams, bridges, businesses and homes were destroyed. After several days, power was restored to most of the area and rebuilding began.
The Marathon County Historical Society includes photos and newspapers clippings about the flood in a new exhibit on the Wisconsin River. It highlights the rich history of the river and the how important it is to the Wisconsin River Valley, both economically and recreationally.
The river provided the lifeblood Central Wisconsin. It was a working river and became home to saw mills and later paper mills in many communities. Today businesses continue to dot the river banks. But, it is also an important source of recreation for fishing, boating and kayaking.