History of Eau Claire, WI Volume II: The Manufacturing Age, 1906-1951


Eau Claire in the first half of the twentieth century was a much different city from that of the lumbering era. Becoming an expanding, successful industrial center was not easy, though. Eau Claire experience a divisive Great War, a decade-long depression, and a second global conflict. Eau Claire survived and, unlike many communities, it thrived, becoming one fo the most prosperous cities in the State of Wisconsin. This new, second Eau Claire, undertook a confluence project in the 1910s and 1920s, and it became both progressive and comfortable. But, like much of America, it would gradually lose aspects of its uniqueness, becoming increasingly subject to the fiscal and administrative power of state and federal government.

Author: Brian L. Blakeley
Publisher: Chippewa Valley Museum Press 
Year: 2019
Pages: 401