National Register Listings in
Eau Claire County, Wisconsin

Anderson, Brady and Waldermar Ager House Barber, James, House Barnes Block Barron, Martin Van Buren, House Borton, Einar and Alice, House Brice, Orlando, House California Wine and Liquor Store Carson Park Baseball Stadium Chamberlin, Clarence, House Chambers, Pearl and Eva, House Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Depot Christ Church Cathedral and Parish House City Hall Cobblestone House Community House, First Congregational Church Confluence Commercial Historic District Dells Mill Drummond Business Block Drummond, David, House Eau Claire High School Eau Claire Masonic Temple Eau Claire Park Company Addition Historic District Eau Claire Public Library Eau Claire Vocational School Eichert, Christine, House Emery Street Bungalow District First Methodist Episcopal Church Gikling, Gilbert, House Hoover, James Stephen and Borland, Elizabeth, Memorial Chapel Johnson, John, Saloon Kaiser Lumber Company Office Kenyon, A. L., House Kline's Department Store Merrill, Levi, House Oatman Filling Station Ottawa House Owen Park Bandshell Owen, John S., House Pioneer Block Putnam, Jane E., Memorial Chapel Randall Park Historic District Randall, Adin, House Roosevelt Avenue Historic District Sacred Heart Church Saint Edward's Chapel Salsbury Row House Schofield Hall Schwahn, William and Tilla, House Second Ward School Soo Line Locomotive 2719 St. Joseph's Chapel St. Patrick's Church Steven House Temple of Free Masonry Third Ward Historic District Third Ward Historic District (Boundary Increase) Union Auto Company Union National Bank US Post Office and Courthouse Walter-Heins House Water Street Historic District Werner, Dr. Nels, House Wilcox, Roy, House Winslow, George F., House
Green Bay is the oldest continuously settled town in Wisconsin, dating back to the early 1600s.
Eau Claire County, located in western Wisconsin, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk peoples. European settlement began in the early 1800s, with French and British fur traders traversing the region. The first permanent settlers, primarily of German and Norwegian descent, arrived in the mid-1800s, attracted by the area's vast forests and abundant water resources.

Eau Claire County was officially established in 1856, taking its name from the Eau Claire River that runs through the region. The county quickly grew and developed as logging became a prominent industry. Timber from the surrounding forests was floated down the river, providing an economic boom that led to the founding of towns and villages such as Eau Claire, Altoona, and Augusta. The logging era lasted until the late 1800s when most of the valuable timber had been harvested.

Following the decline of logging, agriculture emerged as a significant economic force in Eau Claire County. The fertile soil and favorable climate allowed for successful farming, particularly dairy farming. Cheese production became an important industry, and Eau Claire County became known as the "cheese capital" of the region. This agricultural heritage remains strong in the county to this day, with many farms still operating.

In the 20th century, Eau Claire County experienced further growth and diversification. The establishment of educational institutions, including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, contributed to the county's development as an intellectual and cultural center. The local economy expanded beyond agriculture, with manufacturing, healthcare, and technology sectors playing significant roles. Today, Eau Claire County is a vibrant community that celebrates its history while embracing modern innovation and progress.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

  • 1856 - Eau Claire County created
  • 1860 - Chippewa River Bridge constructed
  • 1884 - Eau Claire City Hall built
  • 1890 - Oakwood Mall established
  • 1922 - Carson Park developed
  • 1949 - Eau Claire State Teachers College renamed as University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • 1966 - Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum opened
  • 1972 - Eau Claire County Courthouse constructed
  • 1997 - Eau Claire County Expo Center established