Immigrants

Immigrants (HMT8Y)

Location: Eau Claire, WI 54703 Eau Claire County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 48.371', W 91° 29.991'

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"Immigrants are pouring in...land I would never have thought of choosing is being taken up." Writing from Chippewa County's Clear Water post office in 1855, Thomas Barland could scarcely have imagined the tide of immigrants yet to land in Eau Claire. As the lumber frontier shifted from New England to the Great Lakes states, Yankees and Canadians chased high wages in logging camps and sawmills. Europeans soon followed. Germans shunned political repression at home. Irish potato farmers fled famine. Norwegians dreamed of owning land.

They came by stage and steamboat, laboring in Eau Claire's sawmills until they could buy land to farm or go into business themselves. Settling near fellow countrymen, immigrants sent back passage money so that relatives and friends could join them. By 1885, Brittons, Fitzpatricks, Olsons, and Dusendofers shared a city of more than 20,000. Norwegians worshiped at First Lutheran. Irish Catholics attended St. Patrick's. Eau Claire was transformed from a sleepy river stopping place to a community of many languages and cultures. In 1890, seven out of every ten residents of the Chippewa Valley had either been born outside the United States or had foreign-born parents.
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HM NumberHMT8Y
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Year Placed1993
Placed ByThe Eau Claire Landmarks Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 618632 N 4962514
Decimal Degrees44.80618333, -91.49985000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 48.371', W 91° 29.991'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 48' 22.26" N, 91° 29' 59.46" 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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