Wabeno (CDP), Wisconsin

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Wabeno, Wisconsin
Census-designated place
Looking north at downtown Wabeno
Looking north at downtown Wabeno
Wabeno, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Wabeno, Wisconsin
Wabeno, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 45°26′19″N 88°39′37″W / 45.43861°N 88.66028°W / 45.43861; -88.66028Coordinates: 45°26′19″N 88°39′37″W / 45.43861°N 88.66028°W / 45.43861; -88.66028
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Forest
Area
 • Total 2.421 sq mi (6.27 km2)
 • Land 2.421 sq mi (6.27 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,539 ft (469 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 575
 • Density 240/sq mi (92/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
GNIS feature ID 1580716[1]

Wabeno is an unincorporated census-designated place located within the town of Wabeno, in Forest County, Wisconsin, United States.[2] It is located on Wisconsin Highway 32 at the eastern terminus of Wisconsin Highway 52 within the Nicolet National Forest.[2] As of the 2010 census, its population is 575.[3]

Wabeno skyline

History[edit]

The unincorporated community of Wabeno was built in an area where timber had been cleared by a tornado in June 1880. The town's name is derived from "waubeno" a Potawatomi word for "coming of the winds". A brief lumber boom occurred when the Chicago and North Western Railway pushed a line through the tiny town.[when?] In 1905, there were five sawmills in operation in Wabeno, producing 35,000,000 board feet (80,000 m3) of lumber per year. The last mill closed in 1936.[4]

Attractions[edit]

The unincorporated community of Wabeno is located 4 miles (6 km) from Northern Lights Bingo and Casino, run by the Forest County Potawatomi. For much of the year, it is possible to travel from Wabeno to Northern Lights by either snowmobile or ATV.

The Wabeno area is home to the Lumberjack Memorial Snowmobile Trails, a system that includes over 100 miles (160 km) of groomed and maintained snowmobile trails.

Other attractions in Wabeno include: an old-fashioned band shell located in the downtown green, a logging museum, a rare, and still functional, steam-powered Phoenix log hauler, a 20-foot (6.1 m) fiberglass statue of Larry the Logroller, a World War II–era Sherman tank, and a nineteenth-century log cabin still in use as the Wabeno Public Library.

Annual events include: A Memorial Day truck pull, Steam-up Days (a celebration of antique technology) in July; and the Logging Exposition and Harvest Festival on Labor Day weekend. Wabeno is the home of spring and fall dual sport motorcycle events hosted by the Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders.

Wabeno's tap water was selected as the best tasting water in the state in 2003, and this has led to the town bottling the water under the name of "Wabeno Water."[4]

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