|City of Merrill|
Looking west at the western downtown
|Nickname(s): City of Parks|
Location of Merrill within Wisconsin
|First Mayor and City Council||1883|
|• Mayor||William Bialecki|
|• Total||7.81 sq mi (20.23 km2)|
|• Land||7.24 sq mi (18.75 km2)|
|• Water||0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2) 7.30%|
|Elevation||1,316 ft (401 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||9,483|
|• Density||1,334.4/sq mi (515.2/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
Merrill is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located to the south of and adjacent to the Town of Merrill. The population was 9,661, according to the 2010 census. Merrill is part of the United States Census Bureau's Merrill MSA, which includes all of Lincoln County. Together with the Wausau MSA, which includes all of Marathon County, it forms the Wausau-Merrill CSA.
Merrill was first inhabited by the Chippewa Native Americans. The first settlement there was a logging town named Jenny Bull Falls. By 1843 a trading post was constructed near the town; John Faely was the first settler. Within four years a dam, started by Andrew Warren, was constructed over the Wisconsin River. Warren then established the first mill powered by the dam, and other saw mills in the area. In 1870, T.B. Scott succeeded Warren, and the mill soon became increasingly successful. In 1899 the mill burned down. During that time the name of the community was changed to Merrill, in honor of S.S. Merrill, the general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad.
in 1881, the Wisconsin Telephone company began operation, with 20 phones in service. In 1883 the first City Council met and T.B. Scott was named the first mayor. By 1885 the population had risen to 7,000, approximately 3,000 less than Merrill's population today. The railroad and passenger depot was a hub of social activity through the lumber industry's boom years and after. It later became a community youth center, but has since been razed. By 1900, the timber industry was in decline and the community was compelled to diversify its economy.
In July 1912, the Wisconsin River and several of its tributaries flooded from Rothschild to Merrill, destroying several dams (active and abandoned), as well as causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage in Merrill.
Council Grounds State Park is due west of the city.
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,661 people, 4,175 households, and 2,516 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,334.4 inhabitants per square mile (515.2/km2). There were 4,619 housing units at an average density of 638.0 per square mile (246.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 4,175 households of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.88.
The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 19.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,146 people, 4,183 households, and 2,631 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,441.7 people per square mile (556.4/km²). There were 4,397 housing units at an average density of 624.8 per square mile (241.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.77% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,183 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,098, and the median income for a family was $45,860. Males had a median income of $30,789 versus $21,372 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,429. About 5.7% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Lincoln County Courthouse, begun in 1903, was completed at a cost of $119,882. Its central rotunda is 32 feet in diameter; second floor offices lead off its balcony. A 48-inch bell and one-ton clock were mounted on the roof tower. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1978.
Merrill Area Public Schools is the area's school district, which covers the majority of Lincoln County and small areas of the neighboring counties. Northcentral Technical College's Public Safety Training center was built in Merrill in 2005.
- Merrill High School
- Prairie River Middle School
- Jefferson Elementary School
- Kate Goodrich Elementary School
- Pine River Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School
- Trinity Lutheran School
- St. John's Lutheran School
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
- New Testament Church Christian Academy
||U.S. 51 Northbound US 51 to Woodruff, Wisconsin. Southbound, US 51 routes to Wausau, Wisconsin.|
||WIS 17 travels north to Rhinelander, Wisconsin.|
||WIS 64 travels east to Antigo, Wisconsin, and west to Medford, Wisconsin.|
Parks and recreation
- Lion's Park
- Stange Park
- Merrill Area Recreation Complex (MARC)
- Streeter Square
- Ott's Park
- Riverside Park
- Stange Kitchenette
- Normal Park
- Athletic Park
- Gebert Park
- Memorial Forest Wildlife Area
- Camp Newood County Park
- Cenotaph Memorial Park
- Jack Pines Park
- Tug Lake Recreation Area
- MARC/Smith Center
- Merrill Soccer
- Center Avenue Historic District
- First Street Bridge
- Fromm, Walter, and Mabel House
- Lincoln County Courthouse
- Merrill City Hall
- Merrill Post Office
- T.B. Scott Free Library
- Wendy Boglioli, Olympic swimming gold medalist
- Peter B. Champagne, Wisconsin politician
- Walter Chilsen, Wisconsin politician
- Charles Chvala, Wisconsin politician.
- Sheehan Donoghue, Wisconsin politician
- William T. Evjue, Wisconsin politician and founder of the Capital Times
- Daniel E. Freeman, musicologist
- Paul Gebert, Sr., Wisconsin politician
- James H. Hamlin, Wisconsin politician
- Ralph Dorn Hetzel, tenth president of Pennsylvania State University
- Emil A. Hinz, Wisconsin politician
- Zola Jesus, singer and songwriter
- H. V. Kaltenborn, journalist
- Clifford Krueger, Wisconsin politician
- Oxie Lane, NFL player
- Myron Hawley McCord, U.S. Representative
- Fred C. Reger, Wisconsin politician
- Donald Edgar Tewes, United States House of Representatives
- Reno W. Trego, Wisconsin politician
- Tom Uttech, artist
- Edward W. Whitson, Wisconsin politician
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- Wisconsin courthouses.
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- City of Merrill website
- Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce
- Sanborn fire insurance maps: 1884 1888 1892 1898 1902 1907 1913