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Saint Croix Falls in Polk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Where Are The Falls of the St. Croix?

 
 
Where are the Falls of the St. Croix? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
1. Where are the Falls of the St. Croix? Marker
Inscription. The Falls of the St. Croix River, a series of turbulent cascades that dropped 55 feet in less than six miles, were impounded in the early 1900s by this hydroelectric dam. The potential manufacturing power of the falls drew developers who settled this town in 1838.
A lumbering capital that was to center on a sawmill here never materialized, as disputes over ownership of the property bound the venture in litigation and inept management. The rich harvest of pine floated to sawmills down river as the St. Croix Lumber Company faded away.
But the community flourished on the power of the water flowing from the traprock bluffs. A "manufacturing center" evolved around these millstreams. Grist and flour mills, a gunsmith and planing and woodworking shops, even a ginseng washing plant prospered here in the late 1800s before electricity came to the valley.
As people here then ruefully noted, "We once had a mill by the dam site, but we now only have a dam at the mill site."
 
Erected 2000 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 453.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 24.748′ N, 92° 38.722′ W. Marker is
Where are the Falls of the St. Croix? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
2. Where are the Falls of the St. Croix? Marker
in Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from North Washington Street (State Highway 87) north of River Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Croix Falls WI 54024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thompson–Boughton Mill (a few steps from this marker); River Spirit (within shouting distance of this marker); Gaylord Nelson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Where are the Falls? (approx. mile away); Chisago Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away in Minnesota); Town House School (approx. 0.9 miles away in Minnesota); Folsom House (approx. 0.9 miles away in Minnesota); Taylors Falls United Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away in Minnesota). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Croix Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. St. Croix Falls Dam. (Submitted on December 7, 2008.)
2. City of St. Croix Falls. (Submitted on December 7, 2008.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
St. Croix River and Dam image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
3. St. Croix River and Dam
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,037 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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