Laughing Waters | Three Big Indians
In Wisconsin, United States
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Banta's Plastic Cigar Store Indian
When you get to the final you will find a pair of binoculars. Find the 3rd Cigar Store Indian referred to in this listing and describe his location in winter or his physical characteristics in summer via a PM or e-mail. In winter he is covered with a tarp but still visible for this additional, but not necessary, logging request.
The reference point included in this listing will bring you to a statue commissioned by the new owner of the building at CCF Main Street, and recently renamed, Discovery Pointe. The building has changed hands a couple times in recent history, acquired by R.R. Donnelley from Banta Corp. in CAED, and then purchased by Bergstrom Corp. in 2008, when it went up for sale with an asking price of B.D Million.
When I visited recently with Alderman Taylor to work on the new set of Laughing Waters caches, he brought to my attention some interesting historical insights about the shore-land in the area and about this sculpture – specifically that this is not the first Native American statue to grace the Menasha shores of the river. [Visit GCVE05 for another great Female Chief Indian Statue] In fact, a sculpture once existed around here decades ago, succumbing to vandalism on the 70's. If you remember that statue (pictured above), then you can proceed directly to the final by following in its footsteps.
There is a 3rd Cigar Store Indian type sculpture visible from Discovery Pointe. This one is on private property but also interesting to look at and viable from the pointe. I suspect the property owner placed this one when the original disappeared in honor of the original supposedly still at the bottom of the waterway.
The land you will visit to get the final is owned by Banta Corp, but is open to fisherman despite the nearby signage. I have it on good authority, and by permission of the Alderman, that this place is used by many as a public fishing and picnicking place and you can proceed to the final. If you are questioned for any reason, tell them Alderman Taylor sent ya.
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 9/16/2012 9:40:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time (4:40 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum