Where Are The Falls of the St. Croix?

Where Are The Falls of the St. Croix? (HM98A)

Location: St Croix Falls, WI 54024 Polk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 24.748', W 92° 38.722'

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The Falls of the St. Croix River, a series of turbulent cascades that dropped 55 feet in less than six miles, were impounded in the early 1900s by this hydroelectric dam. The potential manufacturing power of the falls drew developers who settled this town in 1838.
A lumbering capital that was to center on a sawmill here never materialized, as disputes over ownership of the property bound the venture in litigation and inept management. The rich harvest of pine floated to sawmills down river as the St. Croix Lumber Company faded away.
But the community flourished on the power of the water flowing from the traprock bluffs. A "manufacturing center" evolved around these millstreams. Grist and flour mills, a gunsmith and planing and woodworking shops, even a ginseng washing plant prospered here in the late 1800s before electricity came to the valley.
As people here then ruefully noted, "We once had a mill by the dam site, but we now only have a dam at the mill site."
HM NumberHM98A
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number453
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:28pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 527749 N 5028833
Decimal Degrees45.41246667, -92.64536667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 24.748', W 92° 38.722'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 24' 44.88" N, 92° 38' 43.32" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5609 River Rd N, St Croix Falls WI 54024, US
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