Community Profile

Posted by Frank Kempf

Town of Jacobs (Glidden,WI)


Glidden is located in Southern Ashland County 16 miles north of Park Falls.

Miles to Minneapolis/St. Paul = 212; Milwaukee = 328; Chicago = 403.



Town of Jacobs = 722; Ashland County = 16,157.



State Highways 13 and 77 intersect near the Town of Jacobs and provide the main lanes of service to this area. Several trucking firms, along with the Canadian National Railroad, offer in and out bound freight service. Park Falls offers an airport facility equipped with a 3,200 ft. paved runway, lights and beacon. Regularly scheduled air passenger service is available from Rhinelander, Mosinee and Ironwood.



The Town of Jacobs maintains a 6.0 insurance rating and 2011’s town property tax rate was $14.24 per $1,000 of assessed value on average.



Xcel Energy, an investor owned public utility, provides Glidden with electricity at rates that are among the lowest in the country. The Glidden Sanitary District provides sewer and water to its residents. CenturyTel is the service provider for telephone service; internet and cable TV are also available locally.



Chequamegon School District

The Chequamegon public school system serves Pre K-12 students from the Glidden and Park Falls area.  The Park Falls Campus houses Park Falls area students in grades Pre-K through third grade,  all Glidden and Park Falls area  fourth and fifth graders, along with all Glidden and Park Falls area high school students. The Glidden Campus houses Glidden area students in grades Pre-K through third grade along with all Park Falls and Glidden area middle school students. The Chequamegon School District  arms all students with electronic devices and offers a quality technology rich education.  The mission of the Chequamegon School District is to provided an educational environment in partnership with the community which inspires students and prepares them for success in the world of the 21st century. For more information please visit the school website The Chequamegon School District ~ Home of the Screaming Eagles.

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Class Act Charter School

The Class ACT Charter School is open to all high school students.  Self-motivated students who would benefit from project-based work, would like more control of their learning experiences, and desire to learn the skills necessary to compete in the global world may choose this option to earn high school credits that lead to a high school diploma. For more informaion please visit the Class Act Charter School website

St. Anthony's

St. Anthony’s parochial school, located in Park Falls, serves preschool through eighth grade.

Vocational and Technical Adult Education classes are offered in the area throughout the year by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. The Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program provides training and other job services to a ten-county region of Northwest Wisconsin.



Flambeau Hospital, Marshfield Clinic-Park Falls and Phillips Centers, and Flambeau Home Health and Hospice are part of a health care system overseen by Marshfield Clinic and Minstry Health Care. Memorial Medical Center in Ashland is also available to Glidden Residents. Park Manor Nursing Home offers skilled and intermediate nursing care services.



As part of the area’s historic past, several tourist attractions can be found in and around Glidden including, the Marion Park, Marion Park Pavilion and the Glidden Histroy Museum. The town is nestled along the banks of the East Fork of the Chippewa River that ties Glidden to the Mississippi River.



The Glidden is a gateway to the Chequamegon – Nicolet National Forest and the Ashland County Forest. This public land contains vast forests, scenic areas and numerous lakes to provide visitors and residents alike with the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Hunting, fishing, camping, viewing wildlife, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and ATV riding are all activities you will find in Glidden, Wisconsin.