As roadside historical markers go, the Possum Monument is possibly the most unusual. Today we think of Florida as all sun, sand, and surf, but the original Florida settlers had to deal with a lot of hardship. Hostile Indians, wild animals, and an unforgiving environment of mangroves and mosquitos were just the beginning. Starvation was a reality, then they discovered the humble opossum. This little critter was plentiful and easy to catch and made some good eaten’. It also provided fur for clothing, so in 1982, the Wausau Community Development Club erected a memorial to the animal that kept their ancestors alive.