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Bay City, WI.
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Bay City has a colorful past as a vibrant center of river and rail commerce. The train station, huge wharf and dance halls are now gone and the village easily can be passed by as one follows the Great River Road . But by crossing the railroad tracks, the river traveler is greeted by a view many fishing enthusiasts and campers travel great distances to enjoy.

Many of the buildings from Bay City's past also are now history, but the old jail, school house and grain elevator still stand, as do many of the earlier homes along Bay City's quiet tree-lined streets.
Travelers find Bay City to be a quiet respite for eagle watching, picnicking, lake shore hiking, fishing, country dining and antique shopping.

Bay City tidbits

  • Bay City was the major stop for fish being sent by rail to Chicago in the late 1800s.
  • The first murder in Pierce County was committed in Bay City.
  • Bay City was formerly called Saratoga, after the popular tourist area in upstate New York. But so many new villages were taking that name that it was changed to avoid

The History Center, a renovated church building, is available as a non-denominational chapel for small weddings and baptisms. The Center can also be used for family reunions, county and community events.  
The Association will hold Chapter and annual meetings at the Center. They will organize workshops, special exhibits and events. The 85 Mile Garage Sale in May is on their calendar. They hold the pancake breakfast during
Bay City Days. Children's events and family activities are given priority.
The Pierce County Historical Association's River Bluffs History Center is an active asset to the area, as well as the Village of Bay City. A variety of activities with countywide participation are planned at the Center. We would like everyone to feel welcome at the History Center and to become acquainted with Pierce County Heritage.
 
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