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- 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.
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A Little History of the Town. . .
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
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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 Clerk/Treasurer Town of Florence 715-528-3595
This page was last updated: April 21, 2015
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2015 Spring Weight Restricted Roads
WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE ON as of Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
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/Recycling To 1.Brule Landing Road . . . . . . Chapin/Brule Dam Int 2.Cecelia Dr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Old Hwy 69 3.Frog Lane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lake Ellwood Rd 4.Hansen Rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . .W. Lake Ellwood Rd 5.Menominee River Rd. . . . . .Lake Ellwood Rd 6.Mud Lake Rd. . . . . . . . . . . .Chapin St 7.Popple Rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . .STH 70 8.Regina Dr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . US Hwy 2 9.Romitti Rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . .To Midwest Gravel Pit (portion that is designated with Weight Restricted Signs)
10. Spring Lake Rd. . . . . . . . . .Lake Ellwood Rd
11. Town Road AA. . . . . . . . . . Lake Ellwood Rd
12. Town Road BB. . . . . . . . . . Lake Ellwood Rd
13. Town Road C. . . . . . . . . . . Chapin/Brule Dam Int
14. Town Road D. . . . . . . . . . . Chapin/Brule Dam Int
15. Town Road H. . . . . . . . . . . US Hwy 2
16. Town Road HH. . . . . . . . . .N Blome Helgren Rd
17. Town Road L. . . . . . . . . . . .Montgomery Lake Rd
18. Town Road M. . . . . . . . . . . Montgomery Lake Rd
19. Town Road N*. . . . . . . . . . .Montgomery Lake Rd
* A special note for Town Road N: only recycling to this location; residents of Town Road N will be receiving a letter (03/11/15) with instructions on what to do with there garbage.
20. Town Road O. . . . . . . . . . . North Lake Rd
21. Town Road S. . . . . . . . . . . Carpenter Rd
22. Town Road U. . . . . . . . . . . Carpenter Rd
Notice of Meeting to Adjourn
Board of Review to Later Date
Town of Florence, Florence County
Board of Review will meet on the 11th day of May, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence Community Center located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into session during the thirty day period beginning on the 2nd Monday of May pursuant to Sec 70.47(1) of Wis. Statutes.
Due to the fact the assessment roll is not completed at this time, it is anticipated that the Board of Review will be adjourned until the 10th day of
August, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Notice is hereby given this 20th day of April, 2015 by:
Town of Florence
Town of Florence Highway Department
The Town Board of Florence is accepting applications for a full-time highway
department employee. Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Snow plowing, truck driving, operating equipment and manual labor will be required
as needed. Mechanical and welding experience is a plus. Applicants must be
18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license and will be required to obtain
a CDL with endorsements after being hired. A physical and drug testing will be
required upon hiring.
This position offers a competitive wage and benefit package with wage to be determined by experience.
Applications can be obtained at the Town of Florence Office; 749 Central Avenue, Florence, WI 54121. Please submit a resume with application.
Applications will be accepted up to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Completed applications should be turned into the Town of Florence Office.