Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1700 a French explorer Pierre LeSueur, discovered the Spring and recorded in his journal how he heard the legend of Hiawatha. American poet Ezra Pound later used this as the basis of a poem celebrating Chippewa Spring water as the love potion with which Hiawatha wooed the beautiful Minnehaha.
In 1887, Wisconsin Governor Thaddeus Pound became convinced it was Chippewa Spring water that had restored his health. He bought the surrounding land and turned it into a farm complete with vineyards, gardens, walking paths and a health club. Chippewa Spring Water was shipped coast to coast on railroad dining cars and became the official water in Chicago hospitals. The Pillsbury's of Minneapolis owned the Chippewa Springs in addition to their famous flour mills from 1936 to 1957.
"Save the 100 year old Spring
Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #15
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 15.)
Location. 44° 55.805′ N, 91° 22.728′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on East Park Avenue (County Highway J) 0.1 miles west of Industrial Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 East Park Avenue, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Yellowstone Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Reverend Charles F.X. Goldsmith (approx. 0.6 miles away); Notre Dame Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old McDonell High School Hiram Stores Allen (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (approx. ¾ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
Also see . . . Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. "A Spring House was built over the original spring in 1893 and remains today, across from the modern water bottling plant on Park Ave." (Submitted on May 11, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 724 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.