Eau Claire in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Starting in the 1850's the pineries north of Eau Claire yielded a bonanza of straight grained white pine logs to the lumberjacks' axes and crosscut saws. Cut and stacked in the winter, these logs, come spring high water, were floated down the tributaries into the Chippewa River and then down the Chippewa to the Mississippi. The floating logs marked for the many sawmills in the Eau Claire Area had to be separated from all the logs owned by companies with mills further down the river and held in Eau Claire until they could be sawed. A holding pond near the sawmills was the answer. Half Moon Lake made a perfect holding pond for the Sherman Mill located
The mill operators on the lake struggled for twenty years to keep this holding pond filled with logs. Many methods were tried, but there always was the dream of floating logs via a short canal from behind a dam located in the river 1.2 miles east of the lake. In the post Civil War period, the idea of the dam was seriously advanced and after much controversy and political agitation it was finally built. By 1880 the open log flume or log canal with a tunnel at the west end became a reality. Logs could be sorted in the Dells Pond behind the dam, sent down the flume, and discharged into Half Moon Lake. It's estimated that at least 100 million board feet of lumber floated through the flume every year that it was used. By 1908 the lumber era was coming to an end and the flume was closed. After the prohibition era a local brewery used the tunnel end to store beer for a few years, but as the decaying flume became a public danger, it was gradually filled in and eventually ceased to exist. As late as the year 2000, however,
For further information on this topic please consult the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp or the Chippewa Valley Museum located in Carson Park.
Historical information on the podiums in Carson Park provided courtesy of the Chippewa Valley Museum and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp. Maps of the six podium locations in the park are available at both institutions.
Podium placement made possible by the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp directors, in cooperation with the City of Eau Claire Park Department, and the Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire, Inc. (Thursday Noon Club) which has made the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp a major project each year since 1934.
Erected by the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp directors; the City of Eau Claire Park Department; the Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire, Inc.
Location. 44° 48.753′ N, 91° 31.013′ W. Marker is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire County. Marker is on Carson Park Drive. Click for map. Marker is in the northeast area of Carson Park at a parking area along Half Moon Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Eau Claire WI 54703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Log Flume" (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Luther Midelfort: A History of Caring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Legend of Paul Bunyan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waldemar Ager House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ice Industry on Half Moon Lake (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mittelstadt House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Recreation on Half Moon Lake (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carson Park Baseball Stadium (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eau Claire.
Also see . . .
1. Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum. (Submitted on August 28, 2011.)
2. Chippewa Valley Museum. (Submitted on August 28, 2011.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 650 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.