County is a beautiful county with many County
and State Historical Markers along with many historical
museums and genealogy societies.
A log jam in the Chippewa River.
County was established in 1848 as one of the original 28 counties
of Wisconsin that covered the entire Chippewa Valley. The name “Chippewa”
comes from the Indian word “Ojibwa”.
recognized father of Chippewa County is Jean Brunet who came north
from Prairie du Chien in 1828. Brunet built the first dam in Chippewa
Falls in 1836 and later built the dam at Little
Falls—now Holcombe. While others became rich in worldly
goods, Brunet served his church and community and was rich in love
and respect. Cornell
was originally called Brunet Falls and now Brunet Island State Park
on the Chippewa River at Cornell is named in his memory.
original Chippewa County was largely covered with white pine that
most believed would last forever. Frederick Weyerhauser, a German
immigrant, came to Wisconsin and started logging operations which
started a battle of destruction of natural resources. Billions of
feet of the finest pine were floated down the Chippewa River and
its tributaries. The largest saw mill under one roof (in the world)
was erected at Chippewa Falls. Stanley is one of the many towns
that owes its existence to the logging industry. A Logging and Farming
Building is part of Stanley’s
Area Historical Society Museum. Another lumber town was Bloomer.
In 1848 a wealthy merchant, named Bloomer
bought land and started preliminary work on a dam and mill but later
sold the property.
the logging days were over, the people remained and became farmers,
merchants, workers and homebuilders. They developed over a half
million acres of fertile farmland into a highly ranked dairyland
producing millions of dollars of dairy products.
County still has over 2000 farms and thousands of acres of fertile
farmland. The last wooden butter churn used in Wisconsin can be
seen at the Cadott
Area Historical Society Museum. The County has become a diversity
of manufacturing businesses as well as farms. The first super-computer
was invented in Chippewa Falls and brought thousands of jobs to
County is a beautiful county with many county and town parks preserved
for our leisure pleasures. Rushing brooks, rivers, waterfalls and
sparkling lakes are filled with gleaming fish. Hydro dams on the
Chippewa River provide more than 12,000 acres of river fed lakes.
A network of roads and highways lead to every section of this tourist’s
paradise.... Drive the Yellowstone Trail, the 1912-1930 route that opened the Northwest to the automobile tourist.
The Chippewa County Historical Society Historic Marker Committee creates and maintains these historic markers and continues to do so since 1973.