Somerset is a town with a population between 3,000 and 4,000 residents which is rapidly growing in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. The very popular Apple River for tubers and kayakers runs through the town. Somerset was named by General Samuel Harriman after his father’s home of Somerset, England. Some interesting facts about Somerset WI is before the turn of the century Somerset was bordered on the south by cranberry bogs. The terrain naturally lent itself to the production of cranberries as a result of the hilliness of the area, which is dotted with ponds, sloughs, swamps and bogs. These wet areas became of greater interest to the local population during Prohibition. These same low spots where water collected became ideal for collecting water for the production of moonshine (homemade alcoholic beverages). Indeed, Somerset already had a history of being a rough logging town, and it was only a natural progression to become the supplier of bootlegged alcohol to the twin cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. After Prohibition ended, the citizens of Somerset returned to the more humble activities of logging and farming.
Somerset has several camping establishments along the Apple River. Outfitters in the area provide rentals and transportation for tubing on the river. Every summer concerts are held at the Somerset Amphitheater. Somerset also hosts the Tough Mudder contest, and The Border Battle Beer Fest. Every June, Somerset also holds its annual Pea Soup Days where there is a carnival, parade, and late night band playing. It takes place in the Village Park. Somerset High School serves students in grades nine through twelve. Somerset Middle School is the local middle school for students in grades five through eight. Somerset Elementary School is the local elementary school for students in junior kindergarten through fourth grade. All of these schools are located on the Somerset School district campus.
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