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For his capstone project, Meikle is looking into the history of the trail, its significance to Menomonie and how it could be improved and used in the future. Meikle plans to share the final report with city of Menomonie officials.
The trail was established between 1904 and 1906 when the city acquired the land from the Wisconsin Power Company. Warren Manning, best known for designing New York City’s Central Park, designed the original trail system in the area. There were four walking trails and one running trail, many of which are now under water, Meikle said.
The trail system connected to a boathouse with 27 boat slips built around 1910 below the intersection of Main and Sixth streets.
“The trail was historically a big part of campus life for students,” Meikle said. “There is a long history of Stout students using the trail for walking, studying, fishing and going on romantic dates. At one point in time, people could even rent canoes, buy fishing bait and dock boats at the boathouse connected to the trail.”
The boathouse was eventually destroyed in the 1950s after it was damaged as lake levels rose when a dam was installed.
The trail has been revitalized a number of times, most recently when the new stairs were built around 2006.