Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park
Located nine miles south of Menomonie on State Highway 25, you can explore the homestead where Caroline Augusta Woodhouse was raised. Her stories were the inspiration for the children’s historical fiction book, Caddie Woodlawn, which was written by her granddaughter, Carol Ryrie Brink. It received the Newbery Medal in 1936.
Dunn County’s history reflects the booming lumbering era. The Knapp-Stout & Co. Company extended its reach north into the Red Cedar River Valley. For several decades, the smell of sawdust permeated the air. Merchants and laborers sparked the growth of businesses along Main Street. The remnants of bricks from Menomonie’s brickyards can still be found in garden paths. The Stout Institute, now University of Wisconsin-Stout, attracted students and faculty, who helped to infuse new ideas and form a community that cared about its future. Visit Dunn County Historical Society for a complete list of historical sites and resources. For more history on Dunn County please click here.
Rassbach Heritage Museum
Located in Wakanda Park, the museum serves as the headquarters for Dunn County Historical Society which houses an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits. Visit their site for hours, tour information, or online resources.
Wilson Place Heritage Museum
Wilson Place was built in 1859 by Capt. William Wilson, a principal in Knapp, Stout, & Co. lumber company, founder and first mayor of Menomonie, and the area's first state senator. The mansion housed many influential families that invested in Menomonie’s economic and educational landscape. The museum sponsors seasonal events and tours.
The Colfax Railroad Museum
Currently has a growing collection of railroad equipment from railroads that serviced the western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota region. The collection includes Soo Line caboose number 273, Barney & Smith heavyweight coach number 991, and Soo Line GP-30 number 703, and other cars.
Museum hours of operation are:
Wednesday - Sunday
April 1st - October 31st: 11 am - 4 pm
Other hours by appointment
For more information visit their web site at