Where are the changing leaves of brilliant color and fall foliage? Certainly not in Florida! Lucky people of Rib Mountain are enjoying a beautiful array of changing colorings this fall. A little history of Rib Mountain: Many of the first people that lived on Rib Mountain were German. When the first settlers came, Rib Mountain was isolated from Wausau by the Wisconsin and Rib Rivers. Cow paths, wagon trails, and logging roads were the first roads in the township. Logging, mining, and farming were common activities early in the township's history. Why did they name the mountain "Rib"?