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.
|Placed By||The Eau Claire Landmarks Commission; Water Street Business Improvement District|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 617884 N 4961984|
|Decimal Degrees||44.80153333, -91.50943333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 48.092', W 91° 30.566'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 48' 5.52" N, 91° 30' 33.96" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1001-1193 Chippewa River State Trail, Eau Claire WI 54703, US|
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