Black River Falls in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill
Saw Mill 1839-40
That Marks Founding of City
Jackson Co. Hist. Soc. 1939
Erected 1939 by the Jackson County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 17.828′ N, 90° 50.837′ W. Marker is in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from North Water Street (U.S. 12) north of Harrison Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is attached to the southern corner of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 North Water Street, Black River Falls WI 54615, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Lunda Construction Co. (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hoffman Construction Company (about 700 feet away); Moe Hardware (about 800 feet away); Pfaffsprairie Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arnold Jacobson Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hagen's A&W (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black River Falls.
Also see . . .
Murphy Library, The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The Lumbering Industry of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1841-1905. "In 1839, Robert and Andrew Wood with Jacob Spaulding came to La Crosse by steamboat. They went up the Black River by keelboat and started a sawmill. They were soon faced with trouble, however, for the Indians tried to burn their new installations." (Submitted on January 4, 2015.)
2. Brigham Young University. The Mormon Experience in the Wisconsin Pineries, 1841-1845. "The Woods-Spaulding mills of 1840 were not the first built on the Black River. Joseph Rolette, a French trader of Prairie du Chien, built the first mill on the Black in 1818 and he and James Lockwood constructed a second in 1822. Colonel John Shaw also built a mill in 1819. All three were located at the falls and were burned within a year by Indians who had not yet ceded away their timber land by treaty as they did later in 1834 and 1838." (Submitted on January 4, 2015.)
3. Clark County Press. Black River, A Pioneer Highway. (Submitted on January 4, 2015.)
4. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Steven Robert Ott (the subject of the nearby plaque). (Submitted on January 4, 2015.)
5. LCpl Steven Robert Ott. Find A Grave memorial. (Submitted on January 4, 2015.)
Additional keywords. Robert Wood; Andrew Wood; Jacob Spaulding
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2015, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.