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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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This page was last updated: May 23, 2017
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Spring is here in the Town of Florence. There are just a couple of reminders that the Town Board wants to share with the residents.
The infrastructure repair project that began in 2016 was not completed before the snow fell last fall. Contractors will be returning to complete the project—including the landscaping around the new sidewalks and areas disturbed during the project. While it may look messy now, the Town asks for your patience as the contractors will tentatively be back on May 1st as the weather permits to finish.
Parking and driving on sidewalks is prohibited. Sidewalks are meant for pedestrians walking and children riding their bikes. Recently there have been multiple incidents where people are parking on the sidewalks and even driving on the sidewalks. This means that those walking and riding their bikes have to go out in the road to do so. This poses a huge safety concern.
The Town of Florence has a nuisance ordinance which is enforced. With Spring here, it means that the material drop off site will be open to take care of a lot of these issues. The material drop off site takes large recyclable materials and furniture for disposal only. It also accepts: oil, metal, compost, antifreeze, batteries, dried empty pain cans/lids, leaves/sticks/brush, tires, and appliances. There is a charge to get rid of some of the items. Bags of Garbage and solid waste garbage are not accepted at the material drop off site and must be placed curbside with a sticker for weekly garbage pickup. The material drop off site is open the first and third Saturday’s of the month from May to the first week in November.