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Fun Facts about the Town
- Population (at 2010 census) was 2487
- Charles White Whittlesey, Medal of Honor recipient in World War I, was born in Florence.
- The Town of Florence maintains 119.21 miles of roads and streets--64.41 miles are paved road and 54.35 miles are gravel.
- Florence is the County seat for Florence County.
A Little History of the Town. . .
Town Office
From the Heritage of Iron & Timber 1880-1980
Published for Florence County, Wisconsin, 1980

The Townsite of Florence is Laid Out
In 1879 Mr. VanDyke and Mr. Hagerman, financiers, purchased a three-fourths interest, arranged for railroad extension because of the good work done in this mining region by Mr. N.P. Hulst and called the mine in Florence in honor of Mrs. Florence Hulst, his wife.  This name was first applied to the iron mine, then to the town and county.  The following is an account of the letter sent to Mrs. Florence Hulst on December 15, 1879 by Mr. J.J. Hagerman President of the Menominee Mining company:

Mrs. Hulst -- The time is come when we must give a name to the new town in Wisconsin at the end of the Railroad now building, and to the new mine in the vicinity, now called the Eagle, but which name we do not wish to keep, as there is already an Eagle P.O. in Wisconsin.  The Company owns all the land around the lake, where the town will be located.  It will be a lively town.  We shall put an anti-whiskey clause in all deeds and we expect it will be as much noted for its temperance and morality as for its -- well, anything the future may develop.  We all wish to call the new town and the mine FLORENCE, in honor of the first white woman who had courage enough to settle (for a while) in that rugged country.  I mean the first white woman known to us.

Will you permit your name to be used?

Thus the town and mine had been given a name, a very prim and proper name!

Because of the mine people rushed into the region and by 1880 Mr. Fisher laid out the townsite, putting  a number of lots upon the market.  He said he would put the lots in at government prices selling the ordinary lots from $100.00 while the corners sold for $150.00.

In sixty days Mr. Fisher had sold $60,000 worth of realty.  The population at this time was 50 people.  In a short time a blast furnace was put up as was a foundry, five coal kilns, a large sawmill and a cheese factory.
Notices for the Town of Florence
The Town of Florence Office is located at 749 Central Avenue.  It is in the corner of the Community Center building.  The mailing address for the Town of Florence is P.O. Box 247; Florence, WI 54121.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone Number:  715-528-3595
Fax Number:  715-528-3591

Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer

Jessica Klumpp, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

Click on Shelly's name or Jessica's name to e-mail them.
Property for Sale
The Town of Florence has a 30 ft x 120 ft lot for sale on the southeast corner of Quinnesec Street and Central Avenue (US Highway 2).  Make an offer.  The offer must provide a business plan and a building must be constructed within one year.

Offers will be considered based on those most beneficial to the community.  The Town reserves the right to reject any or all offers.

For information Contact:
Shelly VanPembrook
Town of Florence
This page was last updated: April 16, 2014
Town of Florence, Wisconsin
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Florence County Cold Weather and Propane Emergency Information
If you are experiencing a propane shortage, outage, or other heating problem, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-235-9897.

Florence County Propane Shortage
Information and Assistance

Wisconsin residents need to be ready for serious weather events impacting the state. Most importantly
is the extreme temperature that is predicted, which is further impacted by the high cost and shortage of
propane in the Florence County area.

Florence County officials have declared a State of Emergency in the area. While many continue to work
effortlessly to find alternative resources to problems, local officials want to make sure you remain safe
in your home during this emergency.

For more information visit the Florence County Website at http://www.florencecountywi.com/ and click Florence County Cold Weather and Propane Emergency Information or click on the Florence County Energy Assistance Program.
Town of Florence
Spring Weight Restricted Roads
Updated 12-10-12

The Town of Florence enforces a ten ton weight limit on its sealcoat roads during the spring thaw to decrease pavement damage.  During this period if you live on or off one of the below roads you are required to bring your garbage & recycling to the designated road.  We ask for your cooperation and patience during this period.  Please drop off garbage in the morning of garbage/recycling service dates and enclose your garbage within a garbage can with lid.  If you see that garbage is strewn about at your drop off location, please pick it up.  Weight restrictions are posted in the local Mining News and on our website at townofflorencewisconsin.com . If a road is restricted you will notice Weight Restricted Road Signs posted on the road.  If you have any questions please call the Town of Florence office at 715-528-3595.

PLEASE NOTE: If you reside on a town road or a private road that is off a restricted road listed, bring your recycling and garbage to the designated road.

Road NameBring Garbage/Recyling To
1.Cecelia DrOld Hwy 69
2.Frog Lane Lake Ellwood Rd
3.Hansen RdW. Lake Ellwood Rd
4.Menominee River Rd     Lake Ellwood Rd
5.Mud Lake Rd   Chapin St
6.Popple RdSTH 70
7.Regina Dr US Hwy 2
8.Romitti Rd To Midwest Gravel Pit
(portion that is designated with Weight Restricted Signs)
9.Spring Lake RdLake Ellwood Rd
10.Town Road AA       Lake Ellwood Rd
11.Town Road BB       Lake Ellwood Rd
12.Town Road C Chapin/Brule Dam Int
13.Town Road D Chapin/Brule Dam Int
14.Town Road H US Hwy 2
15.Town Road HH      N Blome Helgren Rd
16.Town Road L Montgomery Lake Rd
17.Town Road MMontgomery Lake Rd
18.Town Road NMontgomery Lake Rd (Recycling Drop-Off Only; for garbage
arrangements please call the Town Office)
19.Town Road ONorth Lake Rd
20.Town Road SCarpenter Rd
21.Town Road UCarpenter Rd

Town of Florence
Road Weight Restrictions Are In Effect
Garbage & Recycling Pick Up Locations
Week starting April 7th, 2014

During this period if you live on or off a road that is “posted” with weight restrictions notices your garbage and recycling must be brought to a designated road where it can be picked up.  A list of roads that are restricted and to where you are to bring your garbage & recycling is posted on our website at townofflorencewisconsin.com, Town Office and the Post Office.  You may also call the town office at 715-528-3595.
Town Board of Florence
As of April 2nd, 2014
10 Ton Weight Restrictions
Have Been Placed on Town Roads of Florence and Commonwealth
(By order of the Town Boards of
Florence and Commonwealth)

Overweight Permits may be granted in some circumstances.  For an overweight permit, please contact Chris Steber at 715-528-3595.