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Jackson County Markers
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Alma Center — 240 — Silver Mound
This large, isolated hill is a famous site where prehistoric Indians gathered to quar­ry a particularly attractive quartzite for the manufacture of chipped stone tools. Several aboriginal quarries are scattered along the rimrock of this mound. Thousands of tons of waste rock from these pits indicate that quarrying was car­ried on selectively over many centuries. Fields surrounding this mound are littered with quartzite fragments and flakes which accumulated during the process of mak­ing . . . — Map (db m3195) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 1897 Model "French 75"
Since its introduction in 1897, the "French 75" was first used in World War I by both the French and the United States. It was the U.S. Army's first modern artillery piece and is significant in the development of weaponry as the first gun fitted with a recoil mechanism. Between the wars the wooden spoked wheels of the Model 97 were replaced with pneumatic tires to accommodate modern high speed warfare. During 1940 in World War II the "French 75" was used at the Maginot Line in the defense of . . . — Map (db m80856) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Arnold Jacobson Farm1932 — Historic Jackson County, Wis.
J-Land Farms – 2004. Albert purchased farm in 1901. Arnold sold to Junior – 1967. Today, Jerry operates the dairy farm & hopes someday, his son Jamey will carry on the "family tradition." J-Land Farms is in the Township of "Garden Valley" in Jackson County. — Map (db m80354) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Black River Falls Forest Fire
On the dry, windy afternoon of April 27, 1977, a forest fire started south of Black River Falls. The fire quickly became a raging crown fire, traveling through the tops of the dense pine forest. This mound, directly in the path of the fire, was burned in just a few minutes time. In the 12 hours it took for the fire to run its course, 14 homes and 17,590 acres of forest land had burned, the village of Millston was spared because of a last minute wind shift. Most of this area has since been . . . — Map (db m3321) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 228 — Black River Valley
White pine trees were growing here when Columbus made his voyage to America. In 1819 the first attempts to saw lumber were unsuccessful, but in 1839 Jacob Spaulding founded Black River Falls by erecting the first permanent sawmill and settlement on the Black River.      This valley contained the largest pine trees, some of them up to six feet across at ground level, and the most pine trees per township in the state.      Before logging ended in 1905, more than fifty sawmills had . . . — Map (db m3322) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr.(US Marine Corps & US Army)
Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. was born on July 2, 1924 near Hatfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Mitchell and Nellie RedCloud. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945. At the age of 16 he served with the Carlson Raiders in the Pacific. In 1948 he enlisted in the Army and was serving during the Korean War when he was killed in action on Nov. 5, 1950. He is buried in the Decorah Cemetery near Black River Falls, Wi. Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. received nine medals . . . — Map (db m80125) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Field of Honor
This Field of Honor is a Memorial as a lasting tribute to those men and women who have served our country in war and peace. Those who survived were forever changed. Those who died were forever young in their loved ones' memories. ———————————————— Major Donors American Legion Post 200 • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1959 • Jackson County Bank • Lunda Charitable Trust • . . . — Map (db m80141) WM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Hagen's A&W — Historic
      Hagen's A&W Root Beer Stand was a family-owned business for 35 years. The root beer stand was a source of summer employment for area high school students and community members. The A&W was a popular meeting place for local teens. All six of the Hagen siblings worked at A&W. Virginia modeled a strong work ethic, instilling team effort and hard work, to her employees. Many memories of family outings and children stopping for treats were made at this site. Jackson County has fond . . . — Map (db m80390) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 300 — Highground Veterans Memorial
Wisconsin Vietnam veterans provided leadership for the establishment of a memo­rial dedicated to the men and women of the state who served in America's 20th century conflicts. In 1985, the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project acquired property near Neillsville, northeast of here. The site contains a strikingly beautiful elevated panoramic vista overlooking 500,000 acres of countryside. The site was soon dubbed "The Highground" by the veterans.      During 1987, the veter­ans . . . — Map (db m3309) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 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 . . . — Map (db m80456) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Jackson County Veterans Park
Development Committee Officers as of 1-01-06 Chair person: Daniel E. Getchell • 1st Vice: Rodger "Red" Staffon • 2nd Vice: Dale Cummings • Finance Officer: Merlin Anderson • Adjutant: Gavin J. Johnson • Trustees: David Hale, Don Wagner & Francis Michels • Public Relations: Daniel E. Getchell • Building & Ground Maintenance: Gavin J. Johnson • Ground Maint. Crew: Don Wagner, Francis Michels & Dan Getchell • Brick Marker Chair Person: Marie Dolesy • Assistant Brick . . . — Map (db m80177) WM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Lunda Construction Co. — Historic Jackson County
    In the late 1920's Sam Swensen, uncle of Cliff Nelson & Milt Lunda, started the construction co. in Mt. Horeb, WI. It was relocated in 1938 to its present location in Brockway, WI. In the mid 1940's the company was named Nelson Construction Co. after its principal owner, Cliff Nelson. Cliff's cousin, Milt Lunda the present chairman of the board, joined the company in 1953 and in 1966 became the president and largest shareholder. At this time the company was re-named . . . — Map (db m80453) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 247 — Martin W. Torkelson(1878 – 1963)
Martin Torkelson, born in Jackson County, served the State of Wisconsin for more than fifty years. He was a pioneer in the development for both land and air trans­portation. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1904, Torkelson worked for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, which was the forerunner of the State Highway Commission. His recommendations to the legisla­ture in 1917 led to Wisconsin's being the first state to set up a numbering system for its . . . — Map (db m3477) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 66 — Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.(1925–1950)
Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous action in battle between U.S. troops and Chinese Communists near Chonghyon, Korea, Nov. 5, 1950. Red Cloud’s Company was entrenched beside Hill 123. Early in the morning a large enemy force bore down upon them. Red Cloud shouted a warning and started shooting. In the exchange fire, he was critically wounded, but dragged himself up and, supporting himself by a tree, continued firing and gave . . . — Map (db m1865) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Moe Hardware– Since 1896 –
     In 1880, 20 year old Peter L. Moe came to work at Jones & Murray Hardware & eventually gained ownership in 1896 – renaming it P.L. Moe & Co.. Pete & Anna raised six sons. Rollin "Junk" and Alvin "Beaner" became owners in 1947, in 1975 Beaners son William "Bill" & wife Sally became owners and have since raised their four children in the business. Moe Hardware, is proud to be the oldest family-owned, retail business and are honored to have served Jackson County since 1896.                 — Map (db m80447) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Pfaffsprairie Farm1962 — Historic Jackson County, Wis.
The first white man to farm this land was Robert Douglas in 1839. Known as the Webb Farm for 60 years. The Plaffs purchased in 1962, and their children Tom A. and Sarah Pfaff-Clements & six grandchildren continue to make it a family farm with dairy, hogs and beef cattle. Shown above Brittany (left) and Jamie Pfaff with their blue ribbon cattle. This fertile farm holds three Native American burial grounds. The Pfaff farm is located south of Melrose on Highway 108, in Jackson Co. "We are . . . — Map (db m80325) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill
Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill 1839-40 That Marks Founding of City Jackson Co. Hist. Soc. 1939 — Map (db m80105) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — 195 — The Passenger Pigeon
Huge flocks of passenger pigeons once roamed North America. Larger than the mourning dove which it resembled, the passenger pigeon derived its name from an Indian word meaning "wanderer" or one who moves from place to place. Flying at a normal speed of sixty miles per hour, the pigeon moved hundreds of miles in migration and 50-100 miles a day during the nesting season, searching for food.      The largest nesting on record anywhere occurred in this area in 1871. The nesting ground . . . — Map (db m3307) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Black River Falls — World War II Honor Roll / World War I · Korean · Vietnam Honor Roll
World War II Honor Roll Dedicated to the Enduring Memory of These Men of Jackson County Who Gave Their Lives in World War II That Freedom Might Live and Grow and Increase Its Blessings Arneson, Algie T. • Bornitz, Gordon S. • Breheim, George A. • Brown, Sidney C. • Carson, Harry • Dell, Kenneth M. • Dobson, Harold L. • Eddy, Lyle A. • Erickson, Harold C. • Faldet, Stanley C. • Fencil, Edward J. • Fleming, Rodney V. • Greencrow, Harvey • Hagen, Thomas . . . — Map (db m80292) WM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Hatfield — 108 — The Hatfield Canal1907 – 1908
This three-mile canal is the oldest and longest in use in Wisconsin. Canal, dam and powerhouse cost the La Crosse Water Power Company $1,500,000. It required 700 men and three steam dredges and was Wisconsin's largest power project in the early 1900's. Mississippi Valley Public Service Company owned it about 40 years. It is now owned by Northern States Power Company. — Map (db m30927) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Millston — 204 — Sphagnum MossWisconsin’s Invisible Industry
Marshy sections of Jackson, Monroe, Wood and Clark counties produce large quan­tities of Sphagnum moss, providing a major but little known state resource. The ability of Sphagnum to hold 20 times its weight in water makes it invaluable for keeping plants and nursery stock alive in shipment. It is also used in hydroponic gardening, for air shipment of flowers, and because it is sterile it is used in surgical dressings and in seed germination to prevent fungus attack in seeds. Sphagnum replaces . . . — Map (db m49765) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Millston — 203 — Winnebago Indians
Winnebago Indians call themselves “Hochunkgra.” A Siouan people, they once occupied the southern half of Wisconsin and the northern counties of Illinois. The Black Hawk War of 1832 and a series of treaties forced the Winnebago out of their homeland, and they were removed to reservations in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and finally to a portion of the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. With each removal, small bands of Winnebago returned to Wisconsin, with the largest settle­ment . . . — Map (db m3425) HM
Wisconsin (Jackson County), Shamrock — Shamrock
Irish, English, Scotch pioneers settled in this valley about 1850. Their collective struggles and sharing built this rural community, originally called Kelly’s Corner. 1853 - Union Cemetery 1856 - Sawmill - H. B. Mills 1860 - St. Columbkille Catholic Mission Church and Cemetery 1864 - Log Schoolhouse - Melissa Printz, teacher 1873 - Union Church - Salmeron Smith, preacher 1874 - General Store - Roscoe Pratt 1879 - Blacksmith Shop - Augustus Woodworth 1881 - Post Office - David . . . — Map (db m3485) HM
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