Near the site of the first sawmills - Black River Falls, WI, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger
N 44° 17.777 W 090° 50.822
15T E 671751 N 4907034
Dedicated in 1939, this monument identifies the area near to the first sawmills built in Black River Falls, WI.
Waymark Code: WMT1A0
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 09/08/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 1

Located just outside of the Black River dam in Black River Falls, WI, this obelisk tells the story of a time gone by. Dedicated in 1939 by the Jackson County Historical Society, this obelisk mentions the first sawmill which was built in 1819 and then the one that started Black River Falls in 1842 by city founder Jacob Spaulding. The plaque also recognizes when the Mormons came into town to run the mill in 1842. The monument is just off of the Foundation Trail bike trail.

In the history of Black River Falls the Mormons left town when founder Joseph Smith was killed in Illinois. In 1860 the entire town was destroyed in a fire. They rebuilt the town in 1861 but in 1911 it was once again destroyed, this time by a great flood.

Plaque Text:
Saw-Mill built by Andrews in 1819
Saw-Mill built by Woods-Spaulding 1842
The latter operated by Mormons 1842-1844
Jackson Co. Hist. Soc. 1939
Date Created/Placed: 1939

201-221 N Water St Black River Falls, WI 54615

Height: 25 feet

Illuminated: no

Website: Not listed

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