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Near Alma in Buffalo County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Beef Slough

 
 
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By Keith L, July 24, 2008
1. Beef Slough Marker
Inscription. The Beef Slough was a sluggish branch of the Chippewa River that provided an excellent storage pond for the logs floated downstream by numerous logging companies. Here loggers were employed to arrange the mixed-up logs into orderly rafts to be towed by steamboats to sawmills down the Mississippi.

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 Historical Society. (Marker Number 230.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Beef Slough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2008
2. Beef Slough Marker
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. Touch for map. Marker is northwest of Alma at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Alma WI 54610, United States of America.
 
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. 4.5 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 & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
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 2,612 times since then and 265 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.
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