Introduction to Altoona, Wisconsin
Altoona, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire county, is 2 miles E of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 81 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is in the Eau Claire area.
Settlement of the area began in 1881, after the area was selected as the site of a new terminal for the Omaha, Minneapolis and St. Paul Railway. The area was named Altoona in 1882 and was officially incorporated as a city in 1887. It is said that the city was named after Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Altoona and nearby Attractions
- James Newman Clark Bird Museum
- Lake Wissota State Park
- Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
- Pine Point County Park
- Chippewa Valley Museum
- Black River State Forest
Things To Do In Altoona
Golfers can enjoy a round at the Hickory Hills Golf Club, Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club and the Princeton Valley Golf Club. The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, the James Newman Clark Bird Museum and the Chippewa Valley Museum offer insight into the area’s history. The Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Altoona United Methodist Church and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church are all nearby as well.
Rochester International is the nearest major airport.
Altoona Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued at Winona State University, Western Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.