Marathon County is a beautiful, fertile area of rolling plains and hills. When Marathon County was organized, its land was heavily forested. Dependence on forest wealth is still reflected in many county industries, the healthy economy of today is characterized by industrial diversification and the utlization of all natural resources. The largest of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Marathon County was established in 1850 and Wausau was selected as the county seat. From a Chippewa name meaning 'Far Away'. Marathon County is the number one dairy producing county in the State. Lumber was the original industry and wood and paper products have remained the leading industries. However, there is a wide variety of industrial plants which manufacture more than 50 different products. Some of the most important products manufactured in Marathon County are paper and food packages, lumber and building materials, dairy products, electric motors, boxes, road building and industrial machinery, veneers and red granite monuments and materials. Marathon County is the leading county in the nation for ginseng production. Three paper mills are located in the county, their expertise being specialty and high quality writing and printing paper. Marathon County offers ideal recreation the year around.