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Rothschild Pavilion History

A showplace for many years has been the Rothschild Pavilion, which then known as Pine Park was built in 1908 of slabs with rough bark on it, and the sides were covered with burlap to keep the rain out. This building burned down in 1910, the Electric Company then built a beautiful stone pavilion with rustic furnishings. A full time caretaker was hired on salary plus a house, rent free. Pav group old

It was visited winter and summer alike. A swimming pool and picnic grounds were on the island, and boats were available for rent. It also had a baseball park, ski slide, hockey rink and dances, industrial companies’ gatherings were held on most of the Sundays of the month. The Rod & Gun Club was a very active group and put in many activities. Winter sports activities were held featuring a winter Sports Queen and her court. But the most popular attraction was the roller coaster, known as the whizzer.

Transportation was available as the street cars went from Wausau to the Pavilion and it was later was extended to the "Punch Office" or also known as the "Time Shack." The car fare was five cents to the Wausau City limits and ten cents to Rothschild. On weekends they also added trailers to the street cars. Often, young boys were seen jumping on the trailers to ride to the Pavilion – most jumped off before the conductor had a chance to collect the fare.

Major Contributors

Special thanks to the many volunteers who donated their time and skills.

  • Lapinski Family
  • Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Company
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Enhancement Grant
$10,000 - $49,000
  • Van Ert Electric Company
  • K & M Electric
  • ETCO Electric Supply
  • IROW
  • Audara Giese
  • Dudley Foundation
  • I.B.E.W. Local 388
  • Wausau Homes
  • Dan's Service Plus
  • Wausau Tile
  • Rock N Roll Revival Comittee
  • Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin
  • River Valley Bank
  • Village of Rothschild
  • Judd Alexander Foundation
$5,000 - $9,999
  • Midwest Communications
  • Mavo Systems
  • Attic Correctional Services
  • Crystal Finishing Systems Inc.
  • Cardinal Glass
  • Fred Mueller Buick Pontiac
  • Crescent Electric
  • Becher-Hoppe Associates
  • Polkas at the Pavilion
  • I.B.E.W. 388 Management
  • Cooperation Committee Fund
  • Wausau Area Jaycees Inc.
  • Greenheck Fan Corporation
  • Neal and Jean Torney
$250 - $4,999
  • D & L Signs
  • Susan Draeger
  • Joseph & Cathleen Rohling
  • Wausau Brick & Gypsum
  • RSC Equipment Rental
  • Refined Refinishers
  • Natural Concepts
  • Anonymous Donor
  • James Collison & Annaluna Karkar
  • Richard & Marilyn Freeman
  • Ronald & Pauline Grimm
  • Marty & Kelli Heindel
  • Marathon Savings Foundation
  • Ted & Joanne Merce
  • Helen Meydam
  • Larry & Ann Meyer
  • Richard & Barbara Roberts
  • Carol Spear
  • Tom & Cleo Tyskiewicz
  • Wausau Area Jaycees Inc.
  • Ketchum Tile LLC
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation
  • HOPPE North American Inc.
  • Azko Nobel Coatings Inc.
  • Hager Companies
  • Lang Recycling
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Actions Floors Inc.
  • Charlie Spear
  • Leanne Meyer
  • Richard Strathmann
  • Glista Amerian
  • Woodstock Hardwood Floors Distributors
  • Bartig Printing
  • Higar Construction
  • Master Woodworkers
  • Benjamin Moore Paint
  • Creative Decor
  • Burgoyne's Toilet Rental
  • Harold Schmitt
  • Wisconsin Valley Wood Turners
  • Baer Beverage Inc.
  • Crescent Electric Supply
  • Danczyk Design & Builders
  • Dixon Companies
  • Victory Janitorial
  • Domtar Papers Company
  • The Jaycees of Wisconsin Foundation Inc.
  • Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame
  • Hadley Office Products
  • Clark & Kathy Everest
  • Gary & Deb Jarosz
  • Scott Williams Appraisal
  • Ruth Draeger
  • Holster Construction
  • Manson Insurance
  • Bob's Catering
  • Loren's Auto Body
  • Narloch Plastering
  • Underground D.J.'s
  • Rib Mountain Glass Inc.
  • Christofferson Dry Wall
  • Roger Deffner
  • Block Iron & Supply
  • Joseph & Cathleen Rohling
  • Central Beer Distributors Inc.