Menomonie, Wisconsin derives its name from the Ojibwe word for "wild rice people." According to tradition, Captain William Wilson, Menomonie's first mayor, proposed the name to honor the original people of the area. The fur trade which first brought Europeans here gave way to the lumberjack, and for a time the world's largest lumber operation made it's home here.
The lumber industry brought with it agriculture and other manufacturing, which are still pillars of the region's economy. A lumber baron's experiment in education grew to nationally-recognized city schools and an internationally -known university.
The chronology that follows is from the book Where the Wild Rice Grows, written by Larry Lynch and John Russell. The chronological history was compiled and written by John Russell.