Introduction to River Falls, Wisconsin
River Falls, Wisconsin, in Pierce county, is 23 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. Part of the surrounding Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, River Falls is home to some 12,560 residents.
River Falls History
River Falls was founded by Joel Foster and his servant in 1848. It was originally known as Greenwood. In 1858, the city was renamed River Falls because there was already another Greenwood in Wisconsin. The Sioux and Chippewa Native Americans originally inhabited this area. C.B. Cox established the first flourmill in the area in 1850. The First Congregational church of River Falls was organized in 1855. Railroad services began in 1880, after the establishment of the River Falls Depot. The River Falls-Hudson line was opened in October 1878.
River Falls and nearby Attractions
- Riverside Square Shopping Mall
- Kinnickinnic State Park
- Cathedral of Saint Paul
- Willow River State Park
- Minnesota Children's Museum
- Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Things To Do In River Falls
The Minnesota Transportation Museum, the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, the Minnesota Children's Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota are all accessible from River Falls. The Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Willow River State Park and the Afton State Park are all nearby as well. Local parks include the Tower Park, West Dale Park, Golf View Park, Hoffman Park, Mound Park and Glen Park. The Riverside Square Shopping Mall is the local shopping center.
River Falls Transportation
Minneapolis-St Paul International is the nearest major airport.
River Falls Higher Education
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is the local university. Inver Hills Community College, Century Community and Technical College and Metropolitan State University are also nearby.