Owen's Gift to the City

Owen's Gift to the City (HM1EZ5)

Location: Eau Claire, WI 54703 Eau Claire County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 48.187', W 91° 29.996'

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??John S. and Mary Owen's gift of land for a city park in 1913-14 came as Eau Claire's reputation as a "sawdust city" was already fading into memory. The Owen's came to Wisconsin in 1873 seeking opportunities in lumbering. John was hired as a timber scout for Henry C. Putnam, a well-known land speculator and agent for Cornell University. Cornell owned large tracts of Wisconsin pineland. Through this association and staked by family members in Michigan, Owen started his own milling operation in 1874.

??He struggled through years of low prices, and droughts which prevented the floating of logs to the mills. By the 1890s, he owned controlling interests in sawmills at Drummond and Owen. His sawmill at Drummond ran for 48 years. On November 16, 1930, a week after the last pine log had been cut, the mill collapsed. The Owen's again looked westward, this time to Oregon for additional lumbering opportunities.

??The Owen's gift of this land to the City is one of several parks donated to the City by various businessmen during this period of Eau Claire's development. Each has provided park and recreational opportunities for the community and preserved valuable open space along Eau Claire's historic waterways for the public to enjoy. Owen's Park picturesque location along the Chippewa River has made it a popular location for numerous festivals, band concerts and community gatherings since the 1930s when the band shell was constructed.

Sponsored By:
Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets and Family
HM NumberHM1EZ5
Marker Number7
Placed ByThe Eau Claire Landmarks Commission; Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets and family
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 618632 N 4962173
Decimal Degrees44.80311667, -91.49993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 48.187', W 91° 29.996'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 48' 11.22" N, 91° 29' 59.76" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 281-299 Chippewa River State Trail, Eau Claire WI 54703, US
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