Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of the Chippewa Sugar Beet Factory
Local farmers experiment growing sugar beets by planting rows. When they dug up the crop, it was common to find a fine showing of weighty roots. One single specimen weighing 10 pounds with the leaves weighing an additional 3 pounds was common. This new cash crop was a boom to area farmers in the 1910's and 1920's.
In its heyday, seven railroad spur lines came into the sugar plant. The heavy railroad tonnage put Chippewa Falls on the map as one of the most important shipping points on the Soo Line main track from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Milwaukee.
The name was later changed to the Chippewa Sugar Refining Company. The big plant employed 250 people with a capacity to process 600 tons of beets daily. By the mid 1920's, however, many farmers in the region were hard to convince that sugar was a worthwhile enterprise. They did not grow enough beets to keep the factory going. In November
Marker Sign #43
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 43.)
Location. 44° 55.612′ N, 91° 24.647′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on West River Street (Business State Highway 29) half a mile west of Wagner Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Wayside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cook-Rutledge Mansion (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. one mile away); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (approx. 1.1 miles away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (approx. 1.1 miles away); Edward Rutledge Charity (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sokup's Market (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Chippewa Falls History. (Submitted on May 25, 2011.)
2. Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. Real-time river level data from the gaging station. (Submitted on May 25, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 920 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.