Mosinee, The Quiet Milltown: One of Wausau’s Southern Neighbors


Even though Mosinee is the southernmost part of the Wausau, WI metro area, it has a small town upnorth feeling to it. In River Park you can forget where you are.

While growing up in Wausau, whenever we visited my grandmother in Marshfield, WI or just went out to the Big Eau Pleine, Dad almost always drove through Mosinee.   I never thought much of the town.   It was known for its odor from the paper mill on the east side of the river along Old 51.   Back then, there was nothing in the town that made anyone from Wausau want to stop.   There were no coffee shops, fine restaurants, or anything unique that would make Mosinee a place that any stranger to the town would even want to get out and stretch a leg.   Most people just kind of kept rumbling through following State Highway 153.  It was, after all, just a dirty, smelly, little mill-town between Wausau and Stevens Point.

As I grew older, and took more to taking longer bike rides out of Wausau,  Mosinee was an easy place to get to, at least on the west side of the river on County KK.  It is a great little ride with little traffic.

A couple of years ago, the City of Mosinee and its local chamber of commerce got together seeing the success of Wausau’s Log Jam festival during the 1990s, and knowing that the county historical society no-longer scheduled that event.   The Little Bull Falls Lag Jam was born.

Having been involved with the former event in Wausau, I thought this was worth checking out.  It also gave me an opportunity to explore Mosinee’s River Park.  Seeing the pristine quality of this park on Cemetery Slough, a part of Mosinee Flowage,  I wanted to come back.   The photographer in me had to shoot.   The rustic quality of the scene was just too much to ignore.

Earlier this afternoon, I spent some time snow-shoeing in River Park with my D-80 in hand.    As soon as I sit down, edit, upload and retouch the best of my work, there will be more snowy images to come.

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