The Village of Black River Falls

Submitted by Joan Benner
  From the Jackson County Banner,
Published at Black River Falls, Wisconsin

July 6, 1867, Page 3

The Village of Black River Falls was incorporated in 1866. It has:

a population of 2,000

two churches completed and two that will be completed within the present year

two hotels

two extensive sawmills

one large Grist Mill and another in process of construction

a first class Foundry

two good machine shops

one barrel and pail factory

three blacksmith shops

two shoe shops

three wagon shops

two hardware stores

three drug stores

twelve dry goods, grocery and variety stores

two schoolhouses

one brewery

two boarding houses

one excellent millinery store

one cooper shop

two furniture stores

one furniture manufactory

headquarters of the Wisconsin Stage Company

sixty substantial residences and business structures are going up the present summer

three or four brick residences or business structures are being built

one harness shop *

one tailor shop *

two picture galleries *

two law offices *

one Planing Mill *

two Livery Stables *

The Tomah railroad will doubtless be completed to this place within a year.

The people are energetic and full of western sociality. Two months in the year, small steamers can come up the river to this place. Jackson County has a population of about 8,000, a vast expanse of good farming land, scores of beautiful trout streams, and a goodly amount of pineland.

In the county, aside from those in the village, there are thirty sawmills, half a dozen gristmills, and others in process of construction.

Any man of good habits and possessed of energy, whether he has any money or not, can soon make himself a pleasant home and good farm in Jackson county. Mechanics of all kinds find plenty of employment, at good wages, in Black River Falls. Situated in the County are several prosperous little villages of which we shall speak in due time.

Young men of Pennsylvania, New York and New England States, break away from your old haunts among mountains and rocks, and come where there is room for you to expand--where you can be of some use.

* Items marked with an asterisk are from the July 13, 1867 Jackson County Banner , Page 3, when the editor noted he had neglected to mention a few businesses.

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