Introduction to Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Eau Claire is located in Eau Claire County and situated in the west-central portion of Wisconsin. The name Eau Claire comes from the original French name "Eaux Claires" which translates to "Clear Waters" which was the description of the Eau Claire River by French pioneers. The city is about 90 miles away from Minneapolis and St. Paul. The terrain features steep slopes located in the eastern as well as the southern portion of Eau Claire.
Eau Claire was established close to the convergence of the Eau Claire River and the Chippewa River as three settlements. In 1872 the city was incorporated. The main portion of downtown Eau Claire is situated on the site of the old village of Eau Claire. The city was a thriving lumber town during the 1800's and the lumber business was the primary factor for the growth of the city. After the timber was depleted, Eau Claire became known for agriculture and industry.
Air flights are available at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Eau Claire is served by the Eau Claire Transit bus lines.
The city is home to several spacious parks including Putnam Park. Riverview Park is a popular swimming location. The trails which follow the Chippewa River and the Eau Claire River provide excellent views and hiking and bicycle riding opportunities. Eau Claire also has a collection of golf courses. In the summertime Eau Claire provides popular rock as well as country music festivals. During the winter outdoor enthusiasts are provided with groomed cross-country skiing trails.
Eau Claire is home to Carson Park which includes:
- Chippewa Valley Museum
- Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
- The Hank Aaron Memorial
- Chippewa Valley Railroad
- Anderson Log House
- Sunnyview One-Room School
- Historic Schlegelmilch House
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a prominent college in the midwest. The university is comprised of the College of Business, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire provides the residents and tourists with music and dance events along with theatrical productions. The university also makes available to the public,the James Newman Clark Bird Museum, the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, Chippewa Valley Symphony, The Phillips Science Hall Greenhouse and L.E. Phillips Planetarium.