The Green County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting June 12, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park, followed by the opening of the water tower. The annual meeting is held to inform members and the public about the Society and was has taken place during the past year.
Lincoln Park, the oldest park in the city, was designated in 1869. It was originally going to be the town square if the plat for the town New Mexico had been successful. During the late 1920s to early 1930s campsites were available for tourists. For a time, concerts were also held here. The Green Bay Packers built a playground in this park in 2013.
The brick water tower with a wooden tank was built in 1889, taking only 4 months. In 1914 the wooden water tank (100,000 gal) was replaced with a steel tank with a 125,000-gallon capacity. The tower hasn’t been used since about 1993 and was scheduled to be razed in 2004, until the Green County Historical Society had it placed it on both the Wisconsin Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
In 2021, the Lincoln Park water tower was designated “the best in Wisconsin” out of 16 towers in Wisconsin by the Sheboygan Press. Out of more than 3,500 respondents, Monroe’s tower received 69% of the votes. It is, of course, a worthy winner.
— Excerpts from the Sheboygan Press