The first American flag to be flown in a foreign battle was carried by Wisconsin troops during the Battle of Chapultepec in the Mexican-American War in 1847.
Located in Wisconsin, Clark County has a rich and storied history dating back to its early settlement. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, the region was explored by French fur traders in the 17th century. It wasn't until the mid-19th century when European settlers arrived, establishing the first permanent settlements in the area. The county was officially formed in 1853 and named after William Clark, a renowned explorer and leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The logging industry played a significant role in the early development of Clark County. The dense forests attracted numerous logging companies, which subsequently led to the creation of sawmills and the establishment of bustling timber towns. Logging not only fueled the local economy but also brought an influx of immigrants, with many people from Germany, Scandinavia, and Poland settling in the region. Alongside the timber industry, agriculture boomed, with farms and dairies becoming integral to the county's economy.

In the early 20th century, advancements in transportation, such as the construction of railroads and highways, contributed to the rapid growth and prosperity of Clark County. Improved infrastructure facilitated the movement of goods and people, opening up new opportunities for trade and commerce. The establishment of rural schools, churches, and other community institutions further solidified the county's development and sense of identity.

Over time, Clark County has evolved into a diverse and vibrant community. Today, it is known for its picturesque landscapes, recreational opportunities, and close-knit towns. With a focus on preserving its natural beauty and cultivating a thriving economy, the county continues to attract residents and visitors alike, offering a blend of small-town charm and modern amenities.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Clark County, Wisconsin.

  • 1853: Clark County is founded and organized.
  • 1855: The first election is held in the county.
  • 1872: The village of Neillsville is incorporated.
  • 1881: The county seat is moved from Neillsville to Greenwood.
  • 1891: The county seat is moved back to Neillsville.
  • 1905: A major fire destroys much of Neillsville, including the courthouse.
  • 1907: The new courthouse is completed.
  • 1954: The Clark County Fairgrounds are established.
  • 1969: The Highground Veterans Memorial Park is dedicated.
  • 1998: The Loyal Public Library is named a Carnegie Library.
  • 2010: The county celebrates its 150th anniversary.