The city center is located at the south end of Lake Menomin, a reservoir on the Red Cedar River.
Evidence from their culture includes a mound from the Wakanda Mounds Group in Wakanda Park, along the western shore of Lake Menomin.
Most of these mounds are thought to be from Effigy Mound cultures from this time period.
It had 1,200 employees and owned 115,000 acres (47,000 ha) of pine forest.
In 1891, Wisconsin State Senator James Huff Stout, son of Henry L.
Stout, founded a manual training school, the first of several educational enterprises he launched in Menomonie.
These educational programs were combined into the Stout Institute in 1908, and still stand as the University of Wisconsin–Stout.Wilson founded the city of Menomonie and became its first mayor, as well as a Wisconsin State Senator. Stout acquired ⅓ interest in Wilson and Knapp's company, forming Knapp, Stout & Co.in 1853, the company that would come to define the town for generations.Tainter was a silent partner, whose duties included shipping lumber down to the Mississippi River and returning with supplies. had grown into the largest lumber corporation in the world.In 43 years, its output grew from 100,000 to 5,706,602 feet of lumber.There were 5,743 households of which 20.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.9% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 57.3% were non-families.