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

The Battle of St. Croix Falls

 
 
The Battle of St. Croix Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
1. The Battle of St. Croix Falls Marker
Inscription. Here at the head of St. Croix Falls in about 1770, a war party of Chippewas led by Chief Wau-bo-jeeg prepared for battle against their traditional enemies, the Fox and Sioux.

The two parties met on the portage below this point in a fierce and valor­ous fight. As each side advanced and fell back, the dead and wounded warriors lit­tered the crags and crevices of the dalles where the St. Croix River forces a passage through the narrow rocks. Many others plunged to a watery grave in the boiling floods below.

"The voices of the war chiefs resounded above the rattle of musketry and yells of their warriors, as they urged them to stand their ground," according to Indian tales of the battle. First confident, finally desperate, the Fox and Sioux were routed.

This was the last tribal battle of the Fox Indians. The few survivors retreat­ed far to the south, their tribal fire extinguished, and begged to be taken into the Sac tribe. In the Battle of St. Croix Falls, the victorious Chippewas secured this ter­ritory, making it safe for the white settlers to come.
 
Erected 1964 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 132.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
The Battle of St. Croix Falls Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
2. The Battle of St. Croix Falls Marker
45° 25.658′ N, 92° 38.741′ W. Marker is near Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker is on State Highway 87 0.2 miles north of Wisconsin Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is north of the city in Lions Park. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Croix Falls Lions Park (a few steps from this marker); Where are the Falls? (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gaylord Nelson (approx. 0.8 miles away); River Spirit (approx. one mile away); Thompson–Boughton Mill (approx. one mile away); Where Are The Falls of the St. Croix? (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chisago Hotel (approx. 1.8 miles away in Minnesota); Town House School (approx. 1.9 miles away in Minnesota). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Croix Falls.
 
Also see . . .  The Origins of the Dakota-Chippewa War. "The two forces met in combat on the portage trail. Fighting between the Fox and the Chippewa marked the first phase of the battle. Allegedly the Fox had boasted that they would make short work of their enemies and requested the Dakota to remain aloof from the fighting." (Submitted on December 14, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
St. Croix River Below Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 15, 2008
3. St. Croix River Below Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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