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Eau Claire in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Industry on Half Moon Lake

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2014
1. Industry on Half Moon Lake Marker
Inscription.
Half Moon Lake has been used as an industrial site since 1850 when white settlement began in Eau Claire. The lake's crescent shape and drainage formed a natural holding pond for logs and between 1867 and 1884 seven logging companies located along its shores. A devastating flood in 1884 put many out of business and by 1900 the lumber supply of the Chippewa Valley had proved exhaustible.

The Kaiser Lumber Company ➀, located on 16 acres at the south end of the lake, was the last lumber era industry in Eau Claire. It produced beverage cases and wire-bound wooden boxes for meat packing houses and appliance manufacturers such as Kohler and Maytag. When Kaiser closed its doors in 1939, the C.S. Van Gorden & Son Boat Factory ➁ opened in the former box factory. Recognizing the opportunities for tourism in northern Wisconsin, the company manufactured several car top models of lightweight plywood boats and used Half Moon Lake to test and display their craft. The Van Gorden Company later produced plywood pre-fab homes.

South of the Kaiser Lumber Company, along the shores of the river, were the barns which housed the streetcars of the Chippewa Valley Electric Railway Company ➂. To the north lay the Phoenix Furniture Company ➃, which specialized in bank and office interiors and also
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By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2014
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the lakeside warehouse of the Eau Claire Ice Company ➄. Each winter during the annual ice harvest employees of the ice company, owned by John Kelly, cut slabs of ice from the lake and loaded them onto a conveyor belt to be stored in sawdust in the ice houses. Ice deliveries to Eau Claire homes and businesses were made until the 1950's.

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The Jeffery and Helen Benrud Family

 
Erected by the City of Eau Claire Landmark Commission; the Jeffery and Helen Benrud Family. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. 44° 48.316′ N, 91° 31.099′ W. Marker is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 9th Avenue and Broadway Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is along the Lakeshore Trail at Half Moon Lake in Lakeshore Neighborhood Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Broadway Street, Eau Claire WI 54703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recreation on Half Moon Lake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carson Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Aaron / Eau Claire Baseball (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carson Park Baseball Stadium
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By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2014
3. Industry on Half Moon Lake Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ice Industry on Half Moon Lake (approx. mile away); Kaiser Lumber Company Office (approx. mile away); Legend of Paul Bunyan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ottawa House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eau Claire.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kaiser Lumber Company Office. (Submitted on July 9, 2014.)
2. History of the Interurban Streetcar Line. (Submitted on July 9, 2014.)
3. Phoenix Furniture Company. (Submitted on July 9, 2014.)
4. Ice harvesting in Eau Claire. (Submitted on July 9, 2014.)
 
Additional keywords. Eau Claire Former Industries
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
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By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2014
4. Lakeshore Neighborhood Park
Marker can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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