Laughing Waters | On the River Bank
In Wisconsin, United States
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Final cache is at N44°AB.CDE W88°FG.HIJ
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From where you are now, you should have a good view of the same place as the one pictured here, only about 137 years later. At the time, it was the most prominent building downtown.
Of particular interest and historical significance are the massive elements out front. Not that these aren't common elsewhere, today, but this particular set happens to be the largest of its kind still remaining in Wisconsin, quarried from of a single piece of stone. They were carted here, cross-country, from Bedford, Indiana by horse and wagon! Imagine having to bankroll that project.
This place has gone by many names in the past. It served in its original capacity for many years but was actually built in F stages. The first opened in 188J and the second in 191G. It was originally only a one story building and had an impressive vaulted ceiling adorned with solid stain glass panels in the ceiling. Then, along about 1967, a second floor was added for office space and it became a place for locals to gather and officiate. (You can still see the stain glass ceiling from the second floor) It served in that capacity for a score until they decided to locate somewhere else, CDE(x9) years after the building first opened its doors.
It sat vacant for a time until it was opened up for some more entrepreneurial types at which point it changed it's modus operandi to an entirely different commercial entity. The first of these ventures, opening under a suitable pseudonym, served the community well for I years, but failed due to lack of parking. For a brief period, just AB months (+1), it housed some Germans who made great schnitzel and later it was re-opened under another pseudonym which is rather upscale-ish venture. I H there recently and it's offerings were so good, that I don't think it should be keep a secret any longer, and shouldn't be kept under lock and key.
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.
UPDATE: 9.18.07 I was so pleased to find an original photo of the original structure that I had to swap it out with the cleaner sketch of the similar structure that was here originally.
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Last Updated: on 10/15/2012 7:15:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:15 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum