Beef Slough

Beef Slough (HM6IC)

Location: Alma, WI 54610 Buffalo County
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N 44° 21.602', W 91° 56.473'

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The Beef Slough was a sluggish branch of the Chippewa River that provided an excellent storage pond for the logs floated downstream by numerous logging companies. Here loggers were employed to arrange the mixed-up logs into orderly rafts to be towed by steamboats to sawmills down the Mississippi.

The Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire sawmills felt threatened when the Beef Slough Manufacturing, Booming, Log Driving and Transportation Company was organized near here in 1867. Camp No. 1 built offices, a railroad depot, post office, church and dormitories to house 600 men during the rafting season.

The competition between the Eau Claire and Beef Slough interests developed into a brief dispute in 1868, sometimes called the "Beef Slough War." The most important result of the "war" was the arrival on the scene of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, whose Mississippi Logging Company brought skilled management and seemingly unlimited capital into the picture and changed the logging operations on the Chippewa from locally-operated activities into a major interstate industry.
HM NumberHM6IC
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number230
Year Placed1976
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 4:24am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 584372 N 4912407
Decimal Degrees44.36003333, -91.94121667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 21.602', W 91° 56.473'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 21' 36.12" N, 91° 56' 28.38" W
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Area Code(s)608, 715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1632 Great River Rd, Alma WI 54610, US
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