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Historic photo of Stevens Point Farmers Market in Portage County Wisconsin

historic article regarding the Mathias W. Mitchell public square

Watering trough at the Stevens Point Farmers Market

Historic market square in Stevens Point, WI looking east.


Stevens Point in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Public Square
Public Square Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 16, 2009
1. Public Square Marker
Inscription. The first land entry affecting Stevens Point after the Indian treaty of 1836 was made by Andrew Mullarkey in 1844. This land was purchased by Mathias Mitchell who in 1847 platted four streets and the Public Square. A Liberty Pole with homemade flag stood in the center. Here recruits for the Civil War enrolled and community celebrations took place. Since 1870 it has been used as a Farmers' Market, famous for its Old World flavor.
Erected 1962 by the Portage County Historical Society. 
Location. 44° 31.385′ N, 89° 35.162′ W. Marker is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Second Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at the Farmers' Market, southwest of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Stevens Point WI 54481, United States of America. 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.Airborne Forces Memorial Bridge (about 500 feet away, in a direct line); First Public Building (about 600 feet away); Stevens Point — Gateway to the Pineries (about 600 feet away); Portage County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Peter Church War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buttons from the River (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Boy with the Leaking Boot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans World War I Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stevens Point.
Public Square Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, July 16, 2009
2. Public Square Marker

Also see . . .  Stevens Point, Wisconsin. "The Stevens Point area, with its history as rich and diverse as the present community today, owes its namesake to George Stevens. After the signing of the 1836 Lumberman's Treaty, a pact made with the Menominee Indians allowing logging and saw milling along the Wisconsin River, Stevens purchased a shack housing logging supplies. Unbeknownst to the business entrepreneur, he had just founded Stevens Point." (Submitted on July 18, 2009.)  
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 425 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. 

New fountain at the Stevens Point Farmers Market in downtown Stevens Point, WI 54481

Folks shopping at the Stevens point farmers market

Joan Arnold selling her produce at the Stevens Point Farmers Market

Children playing in the fountain

shopping at the public square in Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Stevens point Farmers Market is a busy place on Saturdays.

Robin Mielke selling at the Stevens Point Farmers Market in Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Newspaper article from  the Milwaukee Sentinel on November 5, 1957

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Contact Information

Stevens Point Farmers Market Alliance,  Care of Dan Mielke, 2550 County Road II, Rudolph, WI 54475 

(Email:   Phone:  715-344-4104)

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