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Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA - Marden Hall, Wisconsin Veterans Home, Waupaca, Wis.

Waupaca was first settled in June 1849 by Capt. Augustus Hill Sr. and his sons, on a small waterfall along the Waupaca River. At the time, the area was home to the Menominee and Potowatomi tribes. The name for the settlement came either from the Indian term "waubuck seba," meaning pale water, or from a Potowatomi man named Sam Wapuka, or Chief Waupaca.

Waupaca was incorporated as a village on May 4, 1857 by act of the Wisconsin State Legislature. This act was repealed on April 7, 1862, but promptly revived on June 17 of the same year. Waupaca was incorporated as a city by the legislature on March 5, 1875.

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Marden Hall, Wisconsin Veterans' Home, Waupaca, Wis.
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA

Marden Hall, Wisconsin Veterans' Home, Waupaca, Wis.
Chain-O-Lakes, Waupaca, Wis.
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA

Chain-O-Lakes, Waupaca, Wis.
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Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA

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1895 - Waupaca
Waupaca, or Waupacca, a post-village, capital of Waupaca co., Wis., is in a township of the same name, on Waupaca River, and on the Wisconsin Central Railroad, 37 miles W. by N. of Menasha, and 28 miles E.S.E. of Stevens Point. It has a high school, 6 churches, 2 banking-houses, a newspaper office, 2 tanneries, 2 flour-mills, 2 foundries with machine-shops, and manufactures of sash, blinds, &c. Pop. in 1890, 2127.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Waupaca, a banking city, capital of Waupaca co., Wis., on the Waupaca River and on the Wisconsin Central R., 37 miles W. by N. of Menasha. It has manufactures of woollens, flour, and lumber. Pop. in 1900, 2912.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
A large gasoline launch used on Waupaca lakes was destroyed by fire at Indian crossing on the lakes Sunday afternoon. Owing to a leak in the gasoline tank or pipes a fire resulted and although the boat was headed at once for shore several of the dozen or more persons, who were on board at the time, were very painfully burned. As the boat neared shore the occupants jumped out into the water. The most severely injured were removed to the Veterans Home hospital. The boat was burned to the water's edge. The tank is said to have contained upwards of 10 gallons of gasoline, making a fierce flame. The boat was valued at $900, and $100 in cash, the day's receipts, which had been placed in a locker on board, were also destroyed. The fire was witnessed by a large crowd of campers and Sunday picnickers and created quite a sensation.

Mr. Colman, the owner of the boat was quite severely burned in an effort to save his roll of money. The names of the two ladies who were seriously burned were... Read MORE...

1946 - Youth On High School Outing Dies As Canoe Overturns On Lake
Tragedy overtook an outing of 26 Maplewood high school students at McCrossen lake near Waupaca last Saturday morning when one of the party, RICHARD KERSCHER, 17, only son of Mrs. Celia Kerscher, of Maplewood, Door county, was drowned when a canoe overturned.

Sheriff Arthur Hewitt recovered the body about two hours after the accident, in over 50 feet of water. Another boy in the same canoe was picked up by a motorboat, but efforts to reach young Kerscher in time to save his life were in vain.

Roy Koss, agriculture teacher, was in charge of the student outing.
Clintonville Tribune-Gazette
Clintonville, Wisconsin
May 30, 1946
2023 - Waupaca has something for everyone. Here's a list:
1. Chain O' Lakes
Waupaca is famous for its Chain O' Lakes, a series of 22 interconnected spring-fed lakes. Each lake has its own character, offering opportunities for fishing, boating, and water sports. Take a pontoon boat or a kayak and explore the crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery. Hartman Creek State Park is a great starting point for lake adventures, providing boat rentals and scenic trails.

2. Waupaca River Walk
For a leisurely stroll, head to the Waupaca River Walk. This charming pathway follows the Crystal River and takes you through parks, bridges, and scenic spots. It's a peaceful way to spend an afternoon, especially during the fall when the foliage adds a burst of color to the landscape.

3. Hutchinson House Museum
To delve into Waupaca's history, visit the Hutchinson House Museum. This Victorian-era house offers guided tours, showcasing the life of a prominent local family. The beautifully preserved architecture and antique furnishings provide a... Read MORE...

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