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WHBL is going town to town to pay tribute to the great cities in our community. Each week we'll focus on a different city culminating with a live high school football broadcast.
Plymouth is called the "Hub City" because of its location between Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Fond Du Lac, and Green Bay. The hub of Plymouth itself is historic Mill Street. Mill Street Days is attended by thousands in June each year and Mill Street is closed for the occasion. The Arts Center hosts different music events in a 12 week series on Thursday nights during the summer. Local landmarks include Antoinette, a 20 foot high Holstein cow erected in 1977 during the city's centennial celebration. Plymouth also owns their own utilities facilities and Johnsonville buys utilities from Plymouth. According to the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce site, plymouthwisconsin.com, "Plymouth began as a stagecoach stop on a Native American trail and wilderness road from Sheboygan to the interior of the state." At one time 7 railroads came through Plymouth and a railroad expansion project is in progress right now. They also state these facts:
The Mullet River was what first attracted settlers from New England and New York, shortly followed by the Germans escaping the social upheaval in their homelands. The Smith family had named the area Quit Qui Oc, meaning "Crooked River," while Henry and Thomas Davidson named it Plymouth. The State Legislature changed the name to Quit Qui Oc in 1851, but reversed itself, naming the whole settlement Plymouth a year later. Plymouth became incorporated in 1877. Division Street remains as evidence of the rivalry between the two factions.
The arrival of the Sheboygan and Mississippi Railroad in 1859, and the Milwaukee and Northern Railroad in 1871, made Plymouth a small railroad center with an underlying agricultural economy. Local cheese factories added to this economy in the 1860s and 1870s, bringing to downtown the National Cheese Exchange, until the late 1950s. Plymouth is now home to five major cheese manufacturing/processing companies. The five cheese businesses include Sargento, Sartori, Masters Gallery, Great Lakes Cheese, Bordens (Dairy Farmers of America). Leonard Gentine, one of the original founders of Sargento, was originally an undertaker but became bored and started packaging cheese in the late 50s.
In 2002, Plymouth celebrated its 125th anniversary. Since Plymouth was founded, this diverse city has been enjoying growth and expansion. The city continues to thrive because of its vibrant business community--both locally-owned businesses and nationally-known companies. Dino's Pizza has been a staple in Plymouth for 50 years. Other popular hangouts are Chester's Drive Inn, Casey Jone's Lanes, and The City Club