Laughing Waters | A Time It Was
In Wisconsin, United States
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Between the borders of Neenah and Menasha there lies a special monument that epitomizes the meaning of an historical marker. Here you will find two sets of dates, one relevant to Neenah and one to Menasha, both of which are referred to on the marker as the Twin Cities. This marker was placed on the CAE anniversary of an historic occasion and will be exhumed in the year BAFD.
Neenah and Menasha were incorporated at about the same time. When Menasha pushed for consolidation with Neenah as one entity, Neenah opposed, and the municipal governments were permanently separated. Neenah was incorporated shortly after the vote to separate and Menasha got it's incorporation a year later.
These two paper mill towns continue to grow and flourish, although they have had their tough times and money is always an issue (right James?). It would be interesting to be around when these two towns celebrate their bicentennials, and I wonder just what people will have to say in the distant future when they reflect in the towns of today.
MENASHA: Named after the Indian wordMenashay meaning “settlement on the island,” along with its sister city Neenah meaning “clear water” they are collectively also taken to mean "Laughing Waters" for the sounds that emanated from the twin falls on either side of the island.
This series will not only introduce you to the city of Menasha, but also give you some significant historical knowledge about this town which many drive through just to get from the north side of the Valley to the south. So, the next time you pass through town, you might want to take a little time to look around and appreciate its many unique offerings and establishments.
A huge thanks to Alderman Taylor for providing even deeper historical insight and information than I was able to obtain. It is our hope that after doing the series you will be inclined to stop for a bit the next time you drive through town and appreciate what a unique little community it has been and continues to be by re-inventing itself.
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Last Updated: on 4/26/2014 7:48:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:48 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum