Near Alma in Buffalo County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire sawmills felt threatened when the Beef Slough Manufacturing, Booming, Log Driving and Transportation Company was organized near here in 1867. Camp No. 1 built offices, a railroad depot, post office, church and dormitories to house 600 men during the rafting season.
The competition between the Eau Claire and Beef Slough interests developed into a brief dispute in 1868, sometimes called the "Beef Slough War." The most important result of the "war" was the arrival on the scene of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, whose Mississippi Logging Company brought skilled management and seemingly unlimited capital into the picture and changed the logging operations on the Chippewa from locally-operated activities into a major interstate industry.
Erected 1976 by the Wisconsin
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 21.602′ N, 91° 56.473′ W. Marker is near Alma, Wisconsin, in Buffalo County. Marker is on The Great River Road (State Highway 35) 0.3 miles north of Iron Creek Road (County Highway I), on the left when traveling north. Marker is northwest of Alma at a highway pull-off. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alma WI 54610, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock & Dam No. 4 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (approx. 4.7 miles away in Minnesota); Wapahasha I / Wapahasha II / Wapahasha III (approx. 4.7 miles away in Minnesota); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away in Minnesota); The Bridge (approx. 4.9 miles away in Minnesota); Lake Pepin (approx. 8.9 miles away in Minnesota). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alma.
Also see . . .
1. Alma History. (Submitted on August 9, 2008.)
2. Early Logging In the Chippewa Valley. (Submitted on August 9, 2008.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
More. Search the internet for Beef Slough.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,996 times since then and 169 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.