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An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.

Date: 1882 

Description: Group of men posing in front of the Wisconsin Central Railroad train at depot.

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Sawmill with trees, stumps, and lumber in the snow.


High School

Date: 1947 ca.

Description: A view of the high school.

Date: 1880 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Neillsville, with inset.

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Interior view of the dining room at the Greenwood lumber camp. The long tables are set with dishes and food, and there is a wood stove between the tables.

Date: 1907 

Description: Wisconsin Central locomotive No #50 and pile driver No #2 working near Owen. Men stand on and around the tracks.


Street Scene

Date: 1927 

Description: View uphill towards the central business district. Commercial buildings on the left include a service station and Hotel Thorp. On the right are commercial...


Street Scene

Date: 1927 

Description: A view of downtown Thorp. Lampposts lining the street on both sides. Cars parked at the curbs on both sides. A couple cars driving away down the street. On...

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Exterior of the Joseph Steinwand Cheese Factory, with a windmill and scrap lumber scattered along the fence.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Indoor group portrait in front of a painted backdrop of Luell's Orchestra consisting of five men. Each member holds an instrument and there are several oth...

Date: 1942 

Description: Children collecting scrap deposit it on a trailer outside the front door of North Bright School. A sign on the school announces: "MacArthur Week Scrap Coll...


Thorp, Wisconisn

Date: 1910 

Description: Main Street looking north.

Date: 1937-10-18 

Description: Elevated exterior view of the H.P. Ghent woodworking shop. A horse stands in the grass near a shoreline on the right, and a wagon parked near the shop bear...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior of the Catholic church and parsonage.

Date: 1873 

Description: This 1873 map shows Clark County, Wisconsin, as well as the portion of Taylor County that was then part of Clark. The township and range grid, sections, ra...

Date: 1933 

Description: Blue line copy on paper with manuscript additions in color. Shows boundaries of zoned areas, Wisconsin historical lands in zoned areas, county lands outsid...


Judging Horses

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: View across unpaved road towards a Native American man wearing a plaid overcoat with two work horses. A crowd of men are watching from the elevated wooden...

Date: 1896 ca.

Description: Interior view of the Woodard home. Looking through curtained doorway into the parlor, is a piano, small sofa, conversation table and several chairs. Variou...


Train Wreck

Date: 1912-05-24 

Description: Wreck of a Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault St. Marie Railroad train on a bridge over the Black River near Withee. The damage is so severe that the cars have...

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