Laughing Waters | Time for the Waterworks
In Wisconsin, United States
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This series is all about water, so what better place to bring you than to a place that will give you an historical perspective on the history of moving water from the Fox river into the homes of Menasha residents.
In 1904, a City Referendum approved the construction of a water plant. The first plant housed D 75hp diesel engines, and a year later a GE kW generator was hooked up to the diesel pump to provide the city with electric lights. Those lights went live on B-A-IJEG. In IHCA, a commission was established which separated the utilities into F entities for billing purposes. The plaque at the location commemorates the 100 year anniversary of this historic achievement.
MENASHA: Named after the Indian word Menashay 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 9/13/2014 4:30:39 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:30 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum