Dells Pond to Half Moon Lake??? For 19th century lumbermen, the key to logging in the Chippewa Valley was getting pine logs to go where they wanted them to go. In 1879, the Eau Claire Dells Improvement Company dammed the Chippewa River and created a huge log holding pond, but the task of transporting logs to sawmills remained. Floating them down river created too much congestion in the heart of the city, so mill owners Daniel Shaw, Orrin Ingram, William Carson and others devised a combination flume-canal-tunnel to bring logs the 1.2 miles from Dells Pond to Half Moon Lake. The 8' x 10' wooden flume ran along the rock wall of the river's west bank. A planked cat-walk was constructed on top of the flume which allowed workers to monitor the flume for jams or damage. In addition, a "Tainter gate" was installed at the beginning of the flume which acted as a giant water shut-off valve. South of the Omaha railroad bridge the flume turned inland and fed five feet of water into a canal parallel to the river. The canal brought logs to the corner of Mappa and Randall streets where they dropped 18 feet into a 1,000 foot long tunnel which extended to Half Moon Lake.
|Placed By||The Eau Claire Landmark Commission; Hobbs Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 12:27am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 617436 N 4963359|
|Decimal Degrees||44.81398333, -91.51478333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 48.839', W 91° 30.887'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 48' 50.34" N, 91° 30' 53.22" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6 Chippewa River State Trail, Eau Claire WI 54701, US|
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