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Historical Marker of Gays Mills Apple Orchards

Historical Marker of Gays Mills Apple Orchards | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Image of the historical marker for Gays Mills Apple Orchards overlooking the town of Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The marker stands to the left, leaving an elevated view of the town's business and residential areas. Cars are lining the street along one of the main roads.
DESCRIPTION
Image of the historical marker for Gays Mills Apple Orchards overlooking the town of Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The marker stands to the left, leaving an elevated view of the town's business and residential areas. Cars are lining the street along one of the main roads.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:82897
Creation Date:
Creator Name:Mueller, Andrew John
City:Gays Mills
County:Crawford
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Andrew John Mueller
Genre:Photograph
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Marker reads: "Farmers in this area learned early that the land on both sides of the Kickapoo River offered excellent conditions for apple-growing. In 1905 John Hays and Ben Twining collected apples from eight or ten farmers around Gays Mills for exhibit at the State Fair. The exhibit won first prize, then went on to capture first honors in a national apple-show in New York. This experience prompted the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society to urge a project of 'trial orchards' around the state to interest growers in commercial production. The Society examined a site on High Ridge and planted five acres with five recommended varieties. By 1911 the orchard had grown so vigorously that an organization was formed in Gays Mills to promote the selling of orchards. Today more than a thousand acres here produce apples national known for their color and flavor. Erected 1955"
SUBJECTS
Fields (Agriculture)
Fruit
Orchards
Trees
Cities and towns
Hills
Historic sites
Monuments
Outdoor photography
Automobiles

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