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Menomonie, Knapp, Boyceville & Colfax

The first three stops on this tour--a world-renowned theater, the site of a vanished lumber mill complex, and a small railroad boom town--all help tell the story of Knapp, Stout & Co. It was once the largest lumber company in the world, and it developed right here in Dunn County. At the end of the tour, you'll visit several locations that are both beautiful and important to the region's American Indian history. In between, you'll get to explore small towns noted for a wide range of agricultural products--cheese, pickles, rutabagas--and drive some of the most scenic roads in the Chippewa Valley.

More About the Trails

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

Mabel Tainter Theater interior

Wilson Place Mansion and Knapp Stout and Co.

Knapp, Stout & Co. complex, Menomonie, ca. 1892


Downtown Knapp, 1908


Boyceville (contemporary photo or license from elsewhere)

Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (contemporary photo or license from the church)


Baxterville (need outside source)

22 Mile Ford

22 Mile Ford (contemporary picture)

Colfax Train Depot

Colfax Train Depot (outside source)

Lambs Creek Falls

Lambs Creek Falls, 1906. This falls was a key point in the boundary line between the Sioux (Dakota) and Chippewa (Ojibwe) at the treaty of Prairie du Chien 1825.

Wakanda Park / Russel J. Rassbach Heritage Museum

Prehistoric Indian Mounds in Wakanda, photographed in 1936