Prepared by: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Wisconsin Public Service's Grand Rapids project is on the National Register of Historic Places. The original application document contains significant detail on the 100-year-old hydroelectric facility and its history.
The Grand Rapids Hydroelectric Dam Historic District is located in the Town of Mellen in Menominee County, Michigan, and the Town of Wagner in Marinette County, Wisconsin, approximately 18 miles north of the cities of Menominee and Marinette. Situated on the Menominee River, which passes through this historic district in general north to south direction, the Grand Rapid Hydroelectric Project was constructed between the years 1908 and 1910 for the Menominee and Marinette Light and Traction Company (Jacobson and De Geuere, Blueprints, 1908; Eagle Star, 23 June 1908, 10 July 1908, 29 June 1910). One of 17 extant dams on the Menominee River, this dam and power plant originally was intended to be the major source of electric power for the cities of Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee, Michigan.