|Wisconsin (Saint Croix County), Hudson — German Settlement — Since 1851|
|Nicholas and Hely Schwalen were among the first farmers in St. Croix County. They emigrated from Honsfeld, Prussia, in present day German-speaking Belgium. The brothers arrived in Racine, Wisconsin in 1848 and steadfastly worked their way to St. Paul by 1849.
They laid claim to government land six miles southeast of Hudson and built a cabin in 1851. Nick Schwalen returned to Honsfeld to marry Cibilla Schneider. Coming back they were accompanied by members of the Bonnes, Mayer, Roehl, . . . — Map (db m46122) HM|
|Wisconsin (Saint Croix County), Hudson — Hudson Toll Bridge|
|The original interstate toll bridge which spanned the St. Croix River was officially opened for traffic June 14, 1913. It was privately owned by the St. Croix Bridge Company until 1917, when it became city property. For more than 35 years, it was popularly known as the Hudson Toll Bridge.
In 1936, Dr. Boyd T. Williams donated the lighted arch structure at the entrance to the Toll Bridge. The original cost was $1500. The arch was lighted until the Toll Bridge was abandoned in 1951, after a . . . — Map (db m43954) HM|
|Wisconsin (St. Croix County), Hudson — 200 — Brule-St. Croix Waterway|
|From early Indian days the St. Croix River and the Brule River, reached by a two mile portage, formed a waterway connecting Lake Superior with the Mississippi River.
The first white man to travel the Brule-St. Croix route was the French explorer and trader, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, in 1680. Many traders followed in the next century and a half to harvest the beaver. They had hardly gone before the St. Croix carried the logs and the rafts of the lumbering days, now gone too.
. . . — Map (db m2161) HM|
|Wisconsin (St. Croix County), Hudson — In the Summer of 1910|
|In the summer of 1910, about two miles south of Hudson on the Wisconsin shore of the St. Croix River, 85 boys and several adults held an experimental week of camp to try out a new youth program called "Boy Scouts". This first Scouting camp in the upper Midwest was only months after the Boy Scouts of America was formed, and only a week after the first Scout Camp in upstate New York. This Hudson experiment was followed by the formation of thousands of Scout Units over the years in the . . . — Map (db m38305) HM|
|Wisconsin (St. Croix County), Hudson — Louis Massey|
|On this site
was erected the home of
Hudson's first white settler.
Woman's Club of Hudson
May 1930 — Map (db m13100) HM|