“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Eau Claire in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2011
1. Immigrants Marker
Inscription. "Immigrants are pouring I would never have thought of choosing is being taken up." Writing from Chippewa County's Clear Water post office in 1855, Thomas Barland could scarcely have imagined the tide of immigrants yet to land in Eau Claire. As the lumber frontier shifted from New England to the Great Lakes states, Yankees and Canadians chased high wages in logging camps and sawmills. Europeans soon followed. Germans shunned political repression at home. Irish potato farmers fled famine. Norwegians dreamed of owning land.

They came by stage and steamboat, laboring in Eau Claire's sawmills until they could buy land to farm or go into business themselves. Settling near fellow countrymen, immigrants sent back passage money so that relatives and friends could join them. By 1885, Brittons, Fitzpatricks, Olsons, and Dusendofers shared a city of more than 20,000. Norwegians worshiped at First Lutheran. Irish Catholics attended St. Patrick's. Eau Claire was transformed from a sleepy river stopping place to a community of many languages and cultures. In 1890, seven out of every ten residents of the Chippewa Valley had either been born outside the United States or had foreign-born parents.
Erected 1993 by the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission.
Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2011
2. Immigrants Marker
The Chippewa River is in the background.
44° 48.371′ N, 91° 29.991′ W. Marker is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of First Avenue and Hudson Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is along the riverfront path in Owen Park. Marker is in this post office area: Eau Claire WI 54701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donald I. "Sarge" Boyd (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emma and Benjamin Stephanson House (about 700 feet away); Temple of Free Masonry (about 800 feet away); Fournier's Dancing Academy and Ballroom (approx. 0.2 miles away); John S. Owen House (approx. 0.2 miles away); J. D. R. Steven House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roy Wilcox House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Owen's Gift to the City (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eau Claire.
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Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 10, 2011
3. Immigrants Marker
Far off in the distance.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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