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Badger State Planing Mill At Lake Hallie

Badger State Lumber Company

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 9, 2012
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Inscription. This site is near the location of the first sawmill called the "Blue Mills" built just north of Lake Hallie, built over a two year period 1842-1843 by Steven McCann and the brothers Simon and George Randall. In 1867 it was sold to T.S. Schoefield. The flood of 1870 destroyed the mill and dam, and the property was sold to H. Clay Williams and John Barron who replaced the mill and dam and were able to saw 40,000 feet per day. They operated under the name of "Badger Mills". Williams sold his share to Barron, who later built a flume from the Chippewa River to Lake Hallie which allowed him to use the lake as a safe storage pond. Logs were raised over the river bank to the flume by what was called a "dog cart".

Lake Hallie was a safe reservoir and could hold 2 seasons of logs. In 1873, Culver and Rowe bought an interest in the Barron operation, and the mill was renamed the Badger State Lumber Company. The 1888 plat map shows the location of the mill on the east bank of the Chippewa River just north of Lake Hallie. The capacity of this mill was from twelve to fifteen million feet for the season, it had the latest in machinery including a lath and shingle mill and a pail factory.

On Sept. 4, 1891 The Badger State Lumber Company have discontinued sawing lumber and is getting ready to dispose of its property. On Sept. 7, 1891
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By K. Linzmeier, May 9, 2012
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all the assets of the firm were for sale. This closing was a serious drawback to the village.

On Oct. 23, 1891 another firm purchased the lumber stock at "Badger Mills". Then on Aug. 18, 1892 The Badger State Lumber Company sold 9,000 acres of pineland to David Miles of Chippewa Falls which was located in Chippewa, Price and Sawyer counties. This sale completed the sale of the firms pinelands.

Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #44
 
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 44.)
 
Location. 44° 53.038′ N, 91° 27.073′ W. Marker is near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is at the intersection of 109th Street and 28th Avenue, on the left when traveling south on 109th Street. Click for map. Marker is in the Town of Hallie, at the Lake Hallie Clark Hughes Boat Launch. Marker is in this post office area: Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. G. A. R. Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of the Chippewa Sugar Beet Factory (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cook-Rutledge Mansion (approx. 4.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Chapel
Lake Hallie and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 9, 2012
3. Lake Hallie and Marker
(approx. 4.4 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); The Yellowstone Trail (approx. 4.5 miles away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lumbermen on the Chippewa. Mill Sites Remembered. (Submitted on June 12, 2012.) 

2. History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881. The Lumber Yards. (Submitted on June 12, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Lake Hallie and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 9, 2012
4. Lake Hallie and Marker
Clark Hughes Boat Launch
Nearby Chippewa River image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 9, 2012
5. Nearby Chippewa River
State Highway 29 bridge can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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