Eau Claire

Eau Claire (HMT8X)

Location: Eau Claire, WI 54703 Eau Claire County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 48.578', W 91° 30.18'

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"Wisconsin's Second City"

Eau Claire grew up overnight. Lumbermen rushed to exploit its prime location at the junction of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. Gilbert Chapman and Joseph Thorpe began sawing timber on the banks of the Eau Claire River in 1857. A few miles away, the Daniel Shaw Lumber Company and Empire Lumber operated sawmills near the entrance of Half Moon Lake. Into these sawmills poured workers. Settlers and supplies arrived daily by stage or twice weekly by steamboat. By December of 1857, the population swelled to nearly 800, up from a handful the year before. Wilson, Gray and Bellinger advertised 150 lots in the west side's Eau Claire Telegraph. Chapman and Thorpe promoted 250 east-side lots in the Eau Claire Times. Fifteen years later in 1872, East, West, and North Eau Claire officially incorporated as the City of Eau Claire. Driven by the lumber boom, the population soared to nearly 22,000 by 1885. Optimistic city boosters predicted a bright future, when Eau Claire would stand as "Wisconsin's Second City," surpassed only by Milwaukee.

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HM NumberHMT8X
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Placed ByThe West Grand Ave. Business Improvement District
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 618376 N 4962893
Decimal Degrees44.80963333, -91.50300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 48.578', W 91° 30.18'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 48' 34.68" N, 91° 30' 10.80" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 Chippewa River State Trail, Eau Claire WI 54703, US
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