Water Street

Water Street (HM1F0Q)

Location: Eau Claire, WI 54703 Eau Claire County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 48.092', W 91° 30.566'

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Growing Up Along the River

?? As a frontier town, Eau Claire relied on the river to transport people and products. The Water Street Business District grew up convenient to the steamboat landing, where twice weekly the "Jennie Whipple" unloaded passengers opposite the Niagara House. In the 1870's, one and two-story wood frame buildings lined the dusty, horse-trod street. The 1873 business directory listed seven dry goods merchants, four grocers, three meat markets, flour and feed dealers, and a host of smaller establishments - tailors, milliners, barbers, bakers, blacksmiths, druggists, attorneys, and undertakers - catering to the booming west side population. The Niagara House long functioned as a meeting and dance hall. Drinking men could partake at any one of eight saloons. In 1882, a devastating fire swept through the district, destroying 73 buildings, including the Pioneer Block and surrounding residential area. Merchants rebuilt with brick and many of those structures remain today. Water Street continues to be a vital commercial and entertainment area.

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Water Street Business Improvement District
HM NumberHM1F0Q
Marker Number5
Placed ByThe Eau Claire Landmarks Commission; Water Street Business Improvement District
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 617884 N 4961984
Decimal Degrees44.80153333, -91.50943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 48.092', W 91° 30.566'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 48' 5.52" N, 91° 30' 33.96" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1193 Chippewa River State Trail, Eau Claire WI 54703, US
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