Erected by River, Rails & Trails Heritage Area
Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin
From 1867 to 1878 master brewer Veit Geiger operated the Geiger Brewery at this location. The artesian springs assured an abundant source of pure water, and the nearby caves provided a constant 50-degree storage cellar. The brewery, was just one of many pieces of Osceola history steeped in water resources. The St, Croix River and its tributaries ferried the area's rich harvest of timber and grain to market. It transported people and commercial goods aboard a fleet of steam-driven riverboats. it powered local grist and sawmills. Additionally, the river's stunning scenic beauty – focused in the Dalles of the St. Croix and in Cascade Falls – was a constant cultural influence in the development of the community.
This is one of many interpretive signs in the River, Rails & Trails Heritage Area, a project funded in part by a Heritage Tourism grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
NOTE: There is no parking at the marker location. You will have to park a few blocks away, and walk (see map below).
Forgotten Brewery Caves -- Osceola, Wisconsin
There is no parking at the marker location.
You will need to find parking on nearby North Cascade Street /
Wisconsin Highway 35, and walk to the marker location.
The walk is treacherous, because of all the traffic
on North Cascade Street and Osceola Road. Be careful!