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The Chippewa Times
(1900)

City of Chippewa Falls,   pp. [1]-39 ff.


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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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