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Mural dedication to honor Appleton alderman and industrialist

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Appleton leaders on Tuesday will dedicate a plaque and mural that’ll highlight our history and speak our heritage to those enjoying the beauty of the Fox River and its surroundings.

A brief ceremony will place at 1:50 p.m. on the North Island Trail in front of “Paper Wings,” a recent work of artist Chad Brady. A plaque will be unveiled dedicating the piece to Frank Weinkauf, who served the city both as an alderman and a key figure in our paper industry.

The mural was painted last year along the wall separating the riverside trail from Neenah Paper. The whimsical piece focuses on the river and its wildlife and draws in our paper heritage with origami-inspired design.

The plaque will remind the community of Weinkauf’s contributions to an earlier Appleton.

He worked in the paper industry from 1895 to 1933. He was elected to the Appleton Common Council in 1935 and spent 10 years as an alderman. Weinkauf’s family raised money to fund the plaque, which also highlights the mural and Brady’s greater public art contributions to the city.

The trail head is located in the flats off Olde Oneida Street. It’s between the bridges and directly across from the dam keeper’s house.

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