Kronenwetter, WI


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Kronenwetter is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is the largest village by area in the State of Wisconsin and the third largest community by population in Marathon County. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Kronenwetter was 7,210, an increase from the 2000 census which had the community at 5,369.. The residential community of Evergreen is located in the village. Evergreen was a former census-designated place.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 52.3 square miles (135.5 km²), of which, 51.9 square miles (134.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (0.69%) is water. This makes the Village of Kronenwetter the largest Village in the State of Wisconsin.
Prior to the formation of the town of Kronenwetter, the area was composed of several small settlements. Around 1855, a native-American named Keeler dug a canal re-routing the Bull Jr. Creek over a drop to power a small sawmill he built. Other buildings were built and the area became known as Keelerville. In 1857, Sebastian Kronenwetter moved to the area and purchased the Keelerville sawmill, making it quite successful. In the years to follow Kronenwetter continued his success, owning a hotel and building a sawmill in what is now the city of Mosinee. In 1885, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.