Black River Falls in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Hoﬀman Construction Company
Historical Jackson County, Wis.
In the early 1900's Peter J. Hoffman organized a dray line & road construction business. Horse & mule teams pulled wagons & slip dirt scrapes. His wife Anna collected the bills. The construction company had 10 employees.
In 1927 Hoffman Construction incorporated. Duane, Peter's son, joined the company. Gas and diesel bulldozers replaced horse & mule power. The company contracted with the Wisconsin Highway Commission & built many highways in Western Wisconsin.
In the 1950's and 1960's Peter & David, Duane's sons joined the company. They later bought the company as co-owners in 1982. Today, Paul & Jim, Peter's sons and Mark & Kristine David's son & daughter joined the company in 1989. The fourth generation construction co. now employs over 250 people. Yearly contracts with Wis. Dept. of Transportation total $12–$25 million.
Location. 44° 17.711′ N, 90° 50.849′ W. Marker is in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker is on North Water Street (U.S. 12) north of Main Street (State Highway 54), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Main Street, Black River Falls WI 54615, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Lunda Construction Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Moe Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Pfaffsprairie Farm (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill (about 700 feet away); Arnold Jacobson Farm (about 800 feet away); Hagen's A&W (approx. 0.2 miles away); Field of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Black River Falls.
More about this marker. captions, upper left to upper right:
1915 · Horse and Mule Teams.
Founder, Peter J.
1948 · Duane Hoffman on Site.
A dray was a type of wagon used to carry heavy loads. A dray line were those who lined up to do the loading or unloading. Slips were used to scrape up and transport dirt.
The marker was painted in 2004 by local artist Susan Sampson.
Also see . . . Hoffman Construction Company. "Hoffman Construction's ability to compete in today's contracting environment can be attributed to the over 400 dedicated employees." (Submitted on January 24, 2015.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.