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Chippewa County Markers
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Bloomer — 11 — First Congregational United Church of Christ
The First Congregational Church was organized in the Public Hall at Vanville (later renamed Bloomer) Chippewa County on November 20, 1868. In 1870, lots 4 and 5 of block 4 of the Town of Bloomer were donated by Mr. Samuel Gilbert of Gilberstville, New York as a site for the church and the 24 X 40 building was constructed by Mr. H.M. Stearns and dedicated on December 7, 1871. Historical Marker Chippewa County Historical Society 11 — Map (db m55654) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Boyd — 36 — Edson Union Cemetery
Edson Union Cemetery was dedicated in 1887 by Maria and Edson Chubb, as a memorial to their only child Joseph. Buried here are Civil War veterans, victims of the 1880 diphtheria epidemic, and soldiers of the Spanish and American War. Edson Chubb (1819-1912) was the founder of the Chippewa County town of Edson. He selected this area as a homestead in 1857 and established a settlement which grew to include a sawmill, school, stores, church and a post office. The community vanished when . . . — Map (db m42597) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — 33 — Cadott Hub and Spoke Factory
In 1880, Captain Ellery Clark of DePere, Wisconsin moved his hub and spoke factory to Cadott. Clark had been a steam boat operator moving logs on the Fox River. He was drawn to the Cadott area because of the high quality and abundant supply of white oak timber. With a capital of $100,000, he established his hub and spoke factory at a site one quarter of a mile south of this museum. At times he employed between 150 - 300 men. The capacity of his plant rose from 8,000 sets each of hub and . . . — Map (db m48931) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — 121 — Cadotte Trading Post Site
In 1787, Michel Cadotte, famous Madeline Island fur trader, had a trading post nearby on the Yellow River. Here Michel Jr. was born, and another son, Jean Baptiste, is said to be buried on the river's bank. Robert Marriner built a dam at "Cadotte Falls" in 1865 and later named the village Cadott to honor the French-Indian fur traders. — Map (db m31159) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — Citizen Soldier Monument
America Will Never Forget Sept. 11, 2001 · Cadott, WI Citizen Soldier "Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done." George W. Bush Sept. 20, 2001 American Heroes Stairway to Heaven In Memory of the New York Firefighters They were on their way to Heaven as they hurried up the stairs, Not only were they heroes, they were angels unaware. Just going about their duties as . . . — Map (db m43068) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — Introduction to the Geology of the Cadott Region
The block diagram right depicts in simple format the major geological components of the Cadott region. The time scale [below right] shows that the geologic history at any one place on Earth represents only a miniscule part of the Earth's long and diverse history. Earth's history has been pieced together by scientists over the last 200 years by studying rocks and landscapes of the continents and ocean basins and the active Earth processes such as sea level changes, volcanism, earthquakes, . . . — Map (db m42006) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — 73 — The Gravesite of Lansing A. Wilcox
Lansing A. Wilcox, last surviving Wisconsin veteran of the Civil War, was born in Kenosha March 3, 1846. In February 1864 he enlisted from Chippewa County in F Company, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry, returning to the Cadott community in 1866. A farmer, schoolteacher and postmaster, he retired in 1912. On September 29, 1951 Corporal Wilcox died at the age of 105 years, 6 months and 26 days. — Map (db m30758) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — The Precambrian Rocks
From here you can see Precambrian rocks exposed along the river below the dam. Although mostly covered by a dark gray coating of carbon, their fresh pinkish gray colors show where they have been scoured off by floodwaters. We are looking at rocks which were intruded, deformed and re-crystallized [metamorphosed] deep within continental crust between 1850 and 1800 mya. Erosion removed several miles of Precambrian rocks before sands were deposited on them during Cambrian time about 500 million . . . — Map (db m49997) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — The Yellowstone Trail1912–1930
The first coast-to-coast auto route across the northern tier of states. "A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound" Before 1912 Railroads dominated long distance transportation. Local roads were dust and mud. There was little help from government so owners of the newly arrived autos rose to the challenge. 1912 Small town businessmen from South Dakota formed the Yellowstone Trail Association to "get out of the mud" and to pressure counties to build usable automobile . . . — Map (db m40098) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — 32 — Western Bohemian-Fraternal AssociationZapadni Ceska-Bratrska Jednota
The ZCBJ Lodge Hall which 45 charter members built in 1907 is a tangible symbol of the ethnic heritage – social, fraternal and philosophical ideals of the Czech immigrants settling 7 miles north of Cadott. SOKOL, a gymnastic organization, performed at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. A unique, itinerant artist-painted curtain depicting Karlstein Castle near Prague highlights the stage added in 1922 to serve the active drama-music group. The . . . — Map (db m47505) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cadott — Wisconsin Veterans Tribute
In reverent memory of the men and women who served their country in peace and war. Dedicated May 18, 1991 by grateful citizens of Chippewa County. Chippewa County Veterans Marker Army · Navy · Marines · Coast Guard · Air Force Map (db m42843) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 44 — Badger State Planing Mill At Lake HallieBadger State Lumber Company
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 . . . — Map (db m56289) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 49 — Bear Den Road Bridge
The Bear Den Road Bridge was an example of a Pratt bridge construction, which was a design used in Wisconsin from 1895-1910. The Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Company fabricated the bridge, and it was moved to this site in 1940. The original site and fabrication date are unknown. The bridge was replaced by the current structure in 2004. Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #49 — Map (db m43065) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 15 — Chippewa Springs
Millions of years ago the Midwest area of North America was covered by a great inland sea that laid down virgin white Cambrian sandstone. As the sea filled in, most of this sandstone became buried thousands of feet below the surface. The rim however, remained exposed for thousands of years. Little by little, the rim was scraped away by glaciers until a single outcropping remained. This outcropping is the source of the Chippewa Spring ... a hillside pouring forth crystal clear, naturally pure . . . — Map (db m42326) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 14 — Cook-Rutledge Mansion
In September of 1873 James Monroe Bingham, a local attorney, State Assemblyman, and future lieutenant governor of the State of Wisconsin, purchased this land which had just been plotted as Block 14 of the Western Addition to the City of Chippewa Falls for $2,500. Bingham immediately began construction of a house completing the original structure in 1874 at a cost of $7,600. Bingham died in January 1885, but his wife continued to live in the house until August 1887 when the property was . . . — Map (db m42667) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 26 — Edward Rutledge Charity
This building was built in 1917 in memory of Edward Rutledge. Mr. Rutledge was born in northern Ireland on March 6, 1834. As a child he moved with his parents to South Mountain, Ontario, Canada where they farmed. At age 16 Edward and his two brothers, Robert and John, headed for the United States and the Michigan woods to learn the lumberjack trade. Rutledge came to Wisconsin as a timber cruiser, meaning he went out into the woods and marked the trees to be cut down. He soon became a . . . — Map (db m39426) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 1 — First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church is the oldest Protestant Church in the City of Chippewa Falls. It was organized in 1855 by Rev. W. W. McNair. The first services were held in a log cabin 12 x 14 feet located on the east bank of Duncan Creek, just above its junction with the Chippewa River. In 1858, under the direction of Rev. Bradley Phillips, a new church was built on the present site. The land and lumber were donated by Hiram S. Allen. Due to growth, Rev. Samuel Brown felt a new . . . — Map (db m42611) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 28 — Hiram Stores AllenSeptember 18, 1806 - March 6, 1886
Hiram S. Allen was born in Chelsea, Vermont and came to the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin in 1834. Here he began a long and flourishing career and an active business life. He built the first grist-mill, the first flour-mill, and the first hotel in Chippewa Falls. In 1846 he operated the Allen and Bass Sawmill on the Chippewa River. He also built keel boats to navigate the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers. In 1838, Hiram married Marie De Marie, a daughter of Louis De Marie, one of the . . . — Map (db m42343) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — In Memory of All VeteransBoth Living and Dead — These are the Dead
Sergeant Charles E. Mower, Company A, 34th Infantry, on November 3, 1944, was an assistant squad leader in an attack against strongly defended enemy positions on both sides of a stream running through a wooded gulch near Capoocan, Leyte, Philippine Islands.. As the squad advanced through concentrated fire, the leader was killed and Sergeant Mower assumed command. In order to bring direct fire upon the enemy, he had started to lead his men across the stream, which by this time was churned . . . — Map (db m41559) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — In Memory of Old Abe1861 • 1881
The soldier bird who was captured in Chippewa County by Chief Sky and taken to Eau Claire by Daniel McCann of Eagle Point. With Company "C" of the Eighth Wisconsin Regiment, he participated in twenty-five battles of the Civil War and was afterwards presented to the State of Wisconsin. Erected by the Chippewa County Federation of Women's Clubs in the year 1927. Donated in memory of Juanita E. (McCann) Cutsforth granddaughter of Dan McCann of "Old Abe" fame and her husband Vallie D. Cutsforth. — Map (db m38223) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 48 — Irvine Park Drive Bridge
The Irvine Park Drive Bridge was an example of a Pratt bridge construction, which was a design used in Wisconsin from 1895-1910. The Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Company fabricated the bridge in 1907. The structure originally crossed Duncan Creek on Grand Avenue in downtown Chippewa Falls and moved to this location in 1935. The bridge was replaced by the current structure in 2004. Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #48 — Map (db m38734) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 222 — Nation's First Cooperative Generating Station
On Sunday, May 2, 1937, Wisconsin Power Cooperative was organized by an assembly of farmers for the purpose of developing a generating and transmission facility to provide low-cost electric service for the rural areas of Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Pierce, St. Croix, Taylor, and Trempealeau counties. Loans from the Rural Electrification Administration financed construction of the original station and transmission lines. Ground was broken on November 8, 1937, and on March 12, 1938, the . . . — Map (db m13798) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 330 — Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled
Before the 19th-century social reform movement, developmentally disabled people were relegated to almshouses and county poor farms where the “indigent, insane, epileptic and “idiotic” were housed together without regard to individual condition. Reformists advocated more humane treatment of the socially-dependent and by the mid-19th century had demonstrated the educability of the “mentally deficient” and opened homes for their care and training. In 1895, Wisconsin . . . — Map (db m13297) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 427 — Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Primarily rural in the 19th century, Wisconsin promoted the state fair to advance better state farming practices. Since 1851 to the present, this fair has been held in southern Wisconsin. Recognizing the impracticality of entering or attending the Southern Wisconsin State Fair, Chippewa Falls area citizens drafted a charter to create the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Enacted in 1897 by the State of Wisconsin, the fair was to "improve agriculture, horticulture and mechanical and household . . . — Map (db m13318) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 2 — Notre Dame Church
Notre Dame was Chippewa County’s first church, the Mother church of all area Catholic Churches. Originally called St. Mary’s (“Our Lady of the Pines”) was a 16' x 18' foot log structure erected in 1856. A carpenter’s bench served as the first altar. The church served a small parish of Indians, half-breeds, Irish, French, Scots, Poles, and Germans. On May 27, 1869 Father Charles F.X. Goldsmith came to Chippewa Falls. He immediately began to work for the erection of a new . . . — Map (db m39975) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — Old McDonell High School
This building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m41964) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 37 — Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls
The building to your right is the oldest commercial building in Chippewa Falls. It was built (Circa 1859) by Peter Morie (Morey) and was used originally as a Saloon and Boarding House for lumberjacks and others. In 1861 at the start of the Civil War, the young men who enlisted for service in the war did so in the basement of this building. At the time, it had an open stairway to the basement where the covered porch is now located. Local historian, Thomas McBean, reported that "Old Abe," . . . — Map (db m55299) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 24 — Pioneer Norwegian Log Home
This log house, constructed of hand-hewn White Pine logs, was built by Norwegian immigrant Ole Pederson Bjerke about 1881. Ole and his wife Mari had three sons: Gus, John, and Charles. Around 1880, Ole had applied for a Homestead in the Chippewa County township of Colburn, nine miles east of Cornell. The log home was built at that site and lived in by Ole and Mari until their deaths in 1905 and 1908. Their descendants occupied it until 1953. In February of 1979 the Clement Bayerl . . . — Map (db m43658) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 29 — Reverend Charles F.X. GoldsmithDecember 22, 1845 - November 24, 1890
Charles was born in Rochester, New York. At the early age of thirteen he entered the provincial seminary of St. Francis near Milwaukee. He graduated in 1864 and then entered the American College at Louvain, Belgium. There he earned two divinity degrees and was ordained a priest on July 25, 1868. After returning to the United States, he spent the winter as assistant to St. Mary's in Milwaukee. The "Boy Priest" as he was called, arrived in Chippewa Falls on May 25, 1869 and two days later . . . — Map (db m39937) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — Ronald P. Anders1943 to 1973
He gave his life to the Jaycees and to his community, in the belief that service to humanity is the best work of life. We shall not forget... Ronald P. Anders Memorial Pure Water Fountain was constructed by the Chippewa Falls Jaycees and Jaycettes from 1973-1976 and the 397th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve. The Purest Water in the world is found in Chippewa Falls and the creation of this fountain was originally begun by the local Jaycees chapter to . . . — Map (db m41525) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 43 — Site of the Chippewa Sugar Beet Factory
In 1904 on this 25 acre site between the Chippewa River and the Soo Line Railroad tracks, sugar processing became a new industry in the Chippewa Valley. The Chippewa Sugar Company was incorporated and a huge six-story sugar beet factory was constructed at a cost of $700,000. Sugar beets were advertised as a crop especially adapted to growing conditions in Northern Wisconsin and naturally goes hand in hand with dairy farming. Local farmers experiment growing sugar beets by planting rows. . . . — Map (db m42693) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 38 — Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home
This Columbia Street site was the location of the ornate pioneer mansion built by Hiram Stores Allen. Called the founder of Chippewa Falls, Hiram built the first grist-mill, the first flour-mill, and the first hotel in Chippewa Falls. He operated the Allen & Bass Sawmill on the Chippewa River and also built keel boats to navigate the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers. In 1838 Hiram married Marie De Marie, a beautiful young Indian maiden of the Chippewa Tribe. She was the daughter of Louis De . . . — Map (db m38891) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 16 — Site of the Mason Shoe Factory
Chippewa Falls was born with the logging era and with it came support industries such as shoe factories. One of the most important tools for the loggers was strong boots. In 1869, Colliche Vinette was the first shoemaker to come to town. The area soon began to draw many boot makers and by 1893 at least 25 were located in Chippewa Falls. By 1902 as the vast stands of white timber were becoming depleted, several local businessmen including J.B. Kehl became concerned about the business . . . — Map (db m38822) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 51 — Sokup's Market
Joseph Sokup opened Sokup’s Market in Downtown Chippewa Falls around 1891 on the northwest corner of Bay and Willow Streets. He built the current grocery store at 624 N. Bridge Street in 1894. The market is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the city and is one of the few remaining small grocery stores in the Chippewa Valley. Joseph’s son Peter, was born in the residence located above the grocery. As a boy he hitched up horses to the wagon, drove to area homes to pick up their . . . — Map (db m55380) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 39 — Sunny Valley School
Sunny Valley School, originally called Goethel School was built in 1903 approximately eight miles west of Chippewa Falls on State Highway 29 where it crosses County Highway T. The one room schoolhouse served the north half of School District No. 5, Southwestern Township of Wheaton. It was heated with cord wood and slabs in a box stove and lighted with four kerosene wall bracket lamps. The first classes began in January of 1904 with Louise Small as the teacher. The standard pay at the time . . . — Map (db m43255) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 22 — The Chippewa Valley Electric Railway Co.
This waiting shelter at the northern most point of service is the only physical structure remaining of what was once the 12½ mile long Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls interurban electric streetcar line. In 1897, Boston financier Arthur Appleyard arrived in the Chippewa Valley and purchased the Eau Claire Street Railway Company. Wishing to expand the Eau Claire system which had been operating since 1879 (updated to electric streetcars in 1889), he convinced the owners of the Chippewa Falls . . . — Map (db m39822) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 10 — The Federal Building & Early Mail Service
This Federal Post Office Building was built in 1910 at a cost of $90,000. The property was purchased from the Thornton estate for $10,000. The Neo-Classical design style was often used by governmental architects of the Treasury Department during the period of 1895 and 1930. Regular mail service and the first post office was established at Chippewa Falls in 1851. Hiram S. Allen received a commission as the first postmaster and received what little mail there was at the Company Store. Since . . . — Map (db m39009) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 21 — The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Fall's oldest industry. In 1867, Jacob Leinenkugel, the son of a Bavarian brewmaster, came to Northern Wisconsin searching for a promising location to build a brewery. He settled on this spot purchasing the land from lumberman Hiram S. Allen. Forming a partnership with John Miller, they founded what was then called the Spring Brewery. Here is where Jacob Leinenkugel found the essentials for brewing truly exceptional beers; pure spring water from the Big Eddy Springs and access to . . . — Map (db m42360) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 9 — The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge
The City of Chippewa Falls was organized around two moving bodies of water, the Chippewa River and its tributary Duncan Creek. Bridges soon became necessary with rapid expansion of the transportation system in the late 19th and early 20th century. By 1891, within the city limits, seven bridges crossed Duncan Creek and one crossed the Chippewa River. This architecturally significant "Rainbow Arch Bridge" is a classic example of the small reinforced concrete . . . — Map (db m38806) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 27 — The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley
Built in 1871 by Alexander Wiley Sr. and Nels Elikson, the rooming house over the years was home for hundreds of immigrants, lumber jacks, mill workers, farm hands and log drivers (known as river pigs). In 1887 Wiley Sr. became the sole owner and operated it until 1895 when he sold it to Erick and Johanna Myrman. The Myrmans operated the Norway House until 1915 after which it was rented to various other operators until 1939 when the building was razed. In its heyday, room and board was $4 . . . — Map (db m42697) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 45 — The Yellowstone Trail
Before there were numbered highways in the United States there were names attached to roads to help motorists navigate from town to town or from county to county. In 1912 no one thought in terms of an inter-state highway. However, a small band of men including J.W. Parmley of Ipswitch, South Dakota, envisioned a road from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts to Puget Sound, Washington and called it the Yellowstone trail. They wanted good roads to travel on and formed the Yellowstone Trail Association . . . — Map (db m42158) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 5 — Trinity United Methodist Church
As early as 1846, Methodists were meeting in Chippewa Falls, with Thomas Randall preaching to his neighbors in a boarding house owned by the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company. On March 10, 1860, Reverend Thomas Harwood, the first assigned minister, organized the Chippewa City Circuit which included Chippewa City, Bloomer Prairie, Green Prairie, Wolf Prairie, and Chippewa Falls. It became the West Wisconsin Conference and at the close of the first year there were 33 members. In 1864, when . . . — Map (db m42615) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Chippewa Falls — 23 — William IrvineOctober 28, 1851 – December 26, 1927
William Irvine was born in Mount Carroll, Illinois of Scotch-Irish ancestry. He came to the Chippewa Valley when he was 14 years old to work for his brother-in-law, who was captain of a raft boat towing lumber from Chippewa Falls to Mississippi River points. He worked as a watchman, clerk, scaler and lumber salesman until 1885 when he became manager of Frederick Weyerhaeuser's Chippewa Lumber & Boom Company. In its time it was the largest sawmill under one roof in the world. William Irvine . . . — Map (db m38788) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cobban — 278 — The Cobban Bridge
The Cobban Bridge, constructed in 1908 by the Modern Steel Structural Company of Waukesha, is a two-span Pennsylvania overhead truss type bridge and is the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin. Originally it crossed the Chippewa River just upstream from its junction with the Yellow River. The bridge was dismantled during the construction of the Wissota Dam in 1916, and through the efforts of Oscar Anderson, a Cobban store owner, the bridge was acquired to be placed on land donated by S.C.F. Cobban. . . . — Map (db m12761) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cornell — 429 — Cornell Pulpwood Stacker
In 1912, after a permanent dam was built across the Chippewa River near this location, the Cornell Wood Products Company, a large paper milling operation, began production here. The company manufactured paper products, cardboard and wallboard. The original complex consisted of a log pond, slasher building, stacker, stacker pit building, sluice locker/tool building, office and garage. Although the operations ceased here in 1972, the 175 foot tall Cornell Pulpwood Stacker remains as an impressive . . . — Map (db m45015) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cornell — Cornell Women's Club Tablet
This tablet was erected in 1931 by The Women's Club of Cornell, Wisconsin and serves a twofold purpose. — On the hillside below, unmarked and obliterated, are many Indian graves of days long past. At a later period this plot became the burial ground of pioneers of white or mixed blood. Below this cemetery near the river bank can be traced the foundation stones of the old Brunet home. Jean Brunet, the most interesting historical character in the Chippewa Valley, was . . . — Map (db m46047) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cornell — 42 — Ezra Cornell
Ezra Cornell was the man who founded the City of Cornell, Wisconsin, but actually never lived here. Cornell was born in 1807 in New York State of Quaker parents. He was a farmer, inventor, businessman, statesman, and a philanthropist. He became a line building contractor and invested his earnings in the Western Union telegraph system, which he helped organize. Ezra Cornell was the founder and benefactor of Cornell University located in Ithica, New York. While looking for lands . . . — Map (db m46026) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cornell — 41 — Jean Brunet
Jean Brunet is one of the most noteworthy pioneers of the Chippewa Valley. Born in France in 1791, Brunet immigrated to this country in 1818 and moved to Chippewa Falls in 1828. He built the first dams on the Chippewa River at Chippewa Falls and Brunet Falls which is now the City of Cornell. He was our first Judge and member of the legislature for Chippewa County when it met at what is called Burlington, Iowa. Brunet piloted the first raft of lumber from the Falls to Prairie du Chien . . . — Map (db m46018) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Cornell — 40 — Pulpwood Stacker
The Cornell Pulpwood Stacker is believed to be the last of its kind in the world and is listed in the State and National Register of Public Places. Designed and constructed in 1911-12 by the Joors Manufacturing Co., of England for the Cornell Wood Products Co., the Stacker represented a change in the storage and handling of pulpwood. The mechanical conveyor was used to stack the wood after the logs were slashed into smaller pieces. The wood was later floated down a sluice to the grinder . . . — Map (db m46068) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Drywood — 31 — Bohemian National Cemetery
This cemetery with original records written in Czech dated October 22, 1905, nestles in the heart of the Bohemian farm settlement ¼ mile north of their Fraternal Hall on Highway 27. The 33 families who cleared the land and plotted it into 10' x 20' lots drew numbers to determine their burial plots. A double-paged ledger documents each grave site with many pioneer names continuing. Commemorative services are held each year to honor and preserve the unique and precious Czech heritage as . . . — Map (db m45268) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Eagleton — 8 — Stanley's Mill
This is the former site of a dam, a grindstone and an electrical power plant, locally known as "Stanley's Mill." It was also used as a log sluiceway and popular recreation area. First used on December 26, 1877, the electrical plant furnished power for the city of Bloomer. The entire site was destroyed by a major flood of the O'Neil Creek on April 3, 1934. Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #8 — Map (db m48998) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Holcombe — 4 — Holcombe Logging Disaster
On July 7, 1905, sixteen loggers of the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company attempted to break a log jam on the Chippewa River at Holcombe below Little Falls dam, one of the largest wooden dams in the world. The batteau boat they were riding in reached the log jam but got beyond the mens control in the wild current of the rapids. At 10:30 in the morning the boat capsized. The following eleven men drowned: Oscar Barquest - Cadott • Max Billard - Drywood • Saul Brackett - Eau Claire • . . . — Map (db m45434) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Holcombe — 3 — The Holcombe Indian
The Holcombe Indian was known to river men along the Chippewa since 1876. Called the King of the Chippewa River, he stood guard on the old Holcombe (Little Falls) Dam and was a most welcome site to lumberjacks driving their logs down the river to be sawed into lumber at the local mill, or held and sluiced through the log-way in the dam to be cut at the big mills at Chippewa Falls or Eau Claire. The Indian brave was created by Luke Lyons using an axe, drawshave and a pocket knife. Lyons, a . . . — Map (db m45431) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Jim Falls — Old Abe the War Eagle
In the Spring of 1861 a band of hungry Chippewa Indians came to the McCann farm just across the river from here and traded a young eagle for corn. The eagle became a family pet. When Company C, 8th Wisconsin was organized at Eau Claire for Civil War duty, the crippled Dan McCann offered his eagle's services as a mascot saying "someone from the family ought to go." On October 12, 1861 the eagle regiment headed for battle. In action Old Abe spread his wings and screamed encouragement to his men. . . . — Map (db m49313) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Jim Falls — 14 — Old Abe, the War Eagle
This wayside is part of the old McCann farm, childhood home of Old Abe, the War Eagle. In the Spring of 1861 a band of hungry Chippewa came to the McCann farm and traded a young eagle for corn. The eagle became a family pet. When Company C, Eighth Wisconsin was organized at Eau Claire for Civil War duty, the crippled Dan McCann offered his eagle’s services as mascot, feeling that “someone from the family ought to go.” On October 12, 1861, the Eagle Regiment started for the front. In . . . — Map (db m13984) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Lake Hallie — G. A. R. Monument
G. A. R. In Memory of Our Heroes From '61 to '65 Erected by the W. R. C. No. 113. — Map (db m62219) WM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), New Auburn — 6 — Cartwright Mill
The present Village of New Auburn approximates the site of Cartwright Mill, founded in 1875 by David J. and Paul W. Cartwright. To the original sawmill, powered by steam, they added a lath, shingle, and planing mill. Some buildings were of brick manufactured in the local brickyard. The second of these buildings was constructed by C.M. Tarr and still stands. Cartwright had five stores, a post office, the Omaha Railroad and a population of 336. When incorporated in 1902, the name was changed from Cartwright to Auburn and later to New Auburn. — Map (db m45182) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Stanley — D.R. Moon Memorial Library
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m42274) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Stanley — M-1900 Seacoast Ordnance
A 1928 act of Congress made obsolete World War I weapons available to municipalities and veteran's organizations for commemorative purposes. The Stanley American Legion Post requested this 5-inch bore artillery piece and it was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1931. This gun was originally used in a coastline defensive fortification. Erected 2004 Wisconsin Historical Society Victory Post No. 112 American Legion Post [top plaque] World War I Sea Coast . . . — Map (db m42131) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Stanley — 12 — The Yellowstone Trail
Before there were numbered highways in the United States there were names attached to roads to help motorists navigate from town to town or from county to county. In 1912 no one thought in terms of an inter-state highway. However, a small band of men including J.W. Parmley of Ipswitch, South Dakota, envisioned a road from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts to Puget Sound, Washington and called it the Yellowstone trail. They wanted good roads to travel on and formed the Yellowstone Trail Association . . . — Map (db m42144) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Stanley — Veteran's Memorial
"May Their Sacrifice Never Be Forgotten" American Legion Victory Post 112 Dedicated on Memorial Day May 31, 2010 Map (db m46474) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Tilden — 17 — First Farm in Chippewa County(Located directly southwest of this Tilden Fire Station)
In 1847, a German by the name of George Myers arrived in Chippewa Falls looking for a tract of land for farming purposes. Prior to that time no one had attempted to cultivate any larger spot of ground than a garden patch. He chose this tract of land about six miles northwest of the "Falls" in what was then the town of Eagle Point and since becoming a part of the town of Tilden in 1883. The mercantile firm of Allen and Bass transported for him by boat, his farming implements and other . . . — Map (db m55590) HM
Wisconsin (Chippewa County), Tilden — 30 — Saint Peter's Catholic Church
In the early 1850's, settlers from Rhine, Bavaria, Bohemia, and Luxembourg came to this part of Wisconsin now known as Tilden Township. They vowed to build a church in honor of the "Blessed Virgin Mother of God" giving thanks for their safe voyage to the new country. The first priest to the settlers in Tilden was Father Migneault in 1857. The next year he was succeeded by Father Smedding, who organized St. Peter's congregation. In 1860 he laid the foundation for a new church building. . . . — Map (db m55397) HM
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