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Wausau

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Ski Areas · Art Museums · State Parks
Wausau is a city in and the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The Wisconsin River divides the city into east and west. The city is adjacent to the Town of Wausau.As of the 2010 census, Wausau had a population of 39,106. It is the core city of the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes all of Marathon County and had a population of 134,063 at the 2010 census.HistoryFoundingThis area was occupied for thousands of years by succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples. The historic Ojibwe (also known in the United States as the Chippewa) occupied it in the period of European encounter. They had a lucrative fur trade for decades with French colonists and French Canadians. After the French and Indian War this trade was dominated by British-American trappers from the eastern seaboard.The Wisconsin River first drew European-American settlers to the area during the mid-19th century as they migrated west into the Great Lakes region following construction of the Erie Canal in New York State. This provided a route for products from the region to the large New York and other eastern markets. The area had been called "Big Bull Flats" or "Big Bull Falls" by French explorers, who were the first Europeans here. They named it for the long rapids in the river, which created many bubbles, called bulle in French. By an 1836 treaty with the United States, the Ojibwe ceded much of their lands in the area to federal ownership. It was sold to non-Native peoples. Wausau means "a faraway place" or "a place which can be seen from far away" in the Ojibwe language.
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Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum ©
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Green Circle Trail ©
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Green Circle Trail Stevens Point
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Irvine Park ©
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Hidden gems in Wausau

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Willow Springs Garden
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Parks in Wausau

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Monk Botanical Gardens
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Isle of Ferns Park ©
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Isle of Ferns Park
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Shopping in Wausau

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Janke Book Store
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Museums in Wausau

The Center for the Visual Arts ©
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The Center for the Visual Arts
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Duration: 2 hours

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