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Cornell in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Ezra Cornell

Ezra Cornell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 21, 2011
1. Ezra Cornell Marker
[photo caption] Ezra Cornell in the early 1860's
(Courtesy of Cornell University Coll. of Regional History)
Inscription.  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 to help the University, Cornell often visited Jean Brunet's trading post and home. During the last year of the Civil War in 1866, Cornell located and surveyed the lands in this area around Brunet Falls and the Chippewa River. He was so impressed with the area, and with the advice of his close friend Jean Brunet, he purchased vast tracts of land and waterpower. He hoped to establish mills and manufacture lumber in order to create a market for the vast timber on these over 100,000 acres. The purpose being to assist Cornell University.

In 1867, he organized the New York Manufacturing & Improvement Company to further his plans to build
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a mill and town at Brunet Falls. Cornell prepared a map of the future village, which is very similar in all details to the plat of this city today. Cornell died in 1877 before his plans could be realized. On his death bed he gave all his land, the waterpower, and the site of Brunet Falls to Cornell University as a rich endowment. Brunet Falls was later renamed Cornell in his honor.
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 42.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1807.
Location. 45° 9.964′ N, 91° 9.324′ W. Marker is in Cornell, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street (State Highway 64) 0.2 miles west of Park Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in Mill Yard Park by the Cornell Pulpwood Stacker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 Bridge Street, Cornell WI 54732, 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. Pulpwood Stacker (here, next to this marker); Jean Brunet (here, next to this marker); Cornell Pulpwood Stacker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cornell Women's Club Tablet (approx.
Ezra Cornell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 21, 2011
2. Ezra Cornell Marker
half a mile away); Holcombe Logging Disaster (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Holcombe Indian (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Cobban Bridge (approx. 4.9 miles away); Bohemian National Cemetery (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cornell.
Also see . . .
1. Ezra Cornell. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 12, 2011.) 

2. Cornell University. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 12, 2011.) 

3. Cornell University. Cornell University website. (Submitted on August 12, 2011.) 
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, July 21, 2011
3. Nearby Sign
Cornell Welcomes You
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 896 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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