The Chippewa Times
City of Chippewa Falls, pp. -39 ff.
Siiy of bippcwaY Chippewa Falls is a town of some 12,000 in- habitants situated on the Chippewa river 63 miles ahove its junction with the Mississippi at Lake Pepin. It is substantially built on both sides of the river, which is here spanned by one wagon and three railroad bridges. It also embraces with- in its boundaries, Duncan Creek, a handsome stream with many Water powers, and spanned by some half dozen bridges from its entrance into the city limits until its junction with the Chippewa river at the foot of the Falls. No city of its size in the Union has more natural and artificial con- veniences and advantages. , Its water works are unrivaled, and carry into the city abundance of the purest liquid from natural springs sonic two ple from different parts of the State are cared for; and in the latter from three to five hundred persons who are afflicted with various forms of mild insanity, which render them unable to take care of themselves. The facilities for communi- cating with the outer world are unrivaled. The Wisconsin Central runs six passengers trains daily through the city and sixteen between it and our neighboring city of Eai Claire. Tho Northwest- ern (C. St. P. M. 0.) xius ighrpas-enger trains daily into and froim hippewa Falls. and the Chi- cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul four. In all thirty- four passenger trains enter and leave the city daily, and besides these, the interurban electric railway runs two trains every hour between Chip- rections and bridges on every sti year we arrived there was only a road opened connecting with the Claire and running cars twice a out passengers. Now we have t cilities for travel just stated. Th a bushel of grain shipped out of four large flouring mills, with a eral hundreds barrels of flour dt stant operation, and large quanti corn are exported. The history of almost all west same. The pioneer leading his o wheelbarrow; or paddling his v spot which arrested his attenti, BRIDGE STREET, CHIPPEWA FALLS. PHOTO ny A. A, miles above the town. And in the very heart of the city are the famous Silver Springs, from which water is supplied to all the big cities from Chicago to St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and Su- perior. The town is lighted with gas and elec- tricity, and has handsome streets, paved and ma- cadamized, and lined with shops and stores of metropolitan size, and appearance. Besides its elegant and tasteful residences, the city has many costly public buildings which would do honor to a much larger place. There are two large cle- vators for the storage of grain, several flouring mills, a big brewery, a tfine court house, commo- dious municipal iuildings, sonie seven or eight ublic schools, three parochial schools, twelve churches, aIpublic library, and one of and best conducted hospitals in the St water power here is very great, and is the big lumber mills and the electric p e is. Adjoining the city limits are insane asylum, and the home for the fd, the former erected at an expense of ,000, and the latter at about a quarter i In thle first 150 chronic insane peo- pewa Falls and* Eau Claire, from 6 o'clock in the morning till 12 at night, making thirty-six trains between the places every day, or seventy trains in all! We dloubt if any town in the United States has such facilities as this for holding conimunica- tion with its neighbors, and there are in addition te telegraph and the local and long distance tele- phones, connecting the town with Superior, 1)u- luth, St. Paul an( Minneapolis as well as Chi- cago. Milwaukee and Madison. When we came to Chippewa. Falls just tx enty -five years ago all the wonderful improvements here noticed were want- ing, or only in their incipiency. The place was a mere village in the heart of a wilderness. The roads leading to or from it were for the most part logging trails, the rivers and streams without bridges, and the country for the most part wild and uncultivated. Ilere and there might be seen the log shanty of the settler, standing among pine stumps, with patches of unprofitable cultivation around it. Now the country for fifty miles west, east and north of Chippewa Falls,. is one vast corn- field, dotted with handsome dwellings and out- buildings and with elegant roads leading in all di- him to settle. Laying down hisrifle, lie t, axe, chopped dowvn trees, built himself a lop covered it with spars and shakes, struck a froni his flint, kindled a fire. and thea cont sat down to smoke. Others following in hi came along, settled there, too, and the you was started. Chippewa Falls was no ex to the rule, Seventy years ago a voyage old France fond of viewing natuie in her loveliness, paddled his birch canoe up th pewa river until lie leached the falls. Then ing on the lofty bluff that overlooked the waters, tumbling over the granite rocks, swept the country round leeping in its I beauty. There before him wais the might rolling away to the southward, great oak w the west. Eagle prairie fringed with stretching to the north, and thick grooves reaching to the horizon on the east, then foot of that bluff, where the Catholic chur stands, the wandering Frenchman berach canoe, laid down his pack, and built his around which in after years he saw the lit lage grow up into a city, and spread out
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