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Term: Black River Falls [brief history]

Definition: Black River Falls is located 39 miles northeast of La Crosse and is the seat of Jackson County.  The Ho-Chunk Indians lived off the land around Black River Falls until they were removed to Nebraska in the winter of 1873-74. They came back in 1874 to chop wood, hunt, fish, and pick berries.  By 1881, most were placed on homesteads in an attempt to assimilate them to American culture. The Ho Chunk nation has its administrative center in Black River Falls.  

Even though a sawmill opened here in the winter of 1818-19, most identify Jacob Spaulding as founder of the city in 1839.  Lumber attracted the settlers who set up sawmills powered by the Black River.

Black River Fall’s first white child was born in 1841. Mormons came to the town in 1842 but left after the death of Joseph Smith. The town’s first church opened in 1847, and the first school in 1848.

The town was destroyed by fire in 1860 but was rebuilt in 1861.  A damaging flood in 1911 also caused serious damage to the city. 

[Source: WHS Library-Archives staff, 2009]

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Babb's Crossing [origin of place name]
Babb's Prairie [origin of place name]
Babcock [origin of place name]
Babcock, Stephen Moulton (1843-1931)(Historic Mark
Babcock, Wood Co.
Bachelor's Grove [origin of place name]
Bad Ax [origin of place name]
Bad Ax [origin of place name]
Bad Ax, Town of, Vernon Co.
Bad Axe River, Crawford Co.
Badger Valley [origin of place name]
Baga Town [origin of place name]
Bagley Junction, Marinette Co.
Bagley, Grant Co.
Bagley, Town of, Oconto Co.
Bagley, Village of, Grant Co.
Bailey's Harbor [origin of place name]
Baileys Harbor, Door Co.
Baileys Harbor, Town of, Door Co.
Bakers Corners, Dane Co.
Bakerville, Wood Co.
Baldwin [origin of place name]
Baldwin, St. Croix Co.
Baldwin, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Baldwin, Village of, St. Croix Co.
Baldwins Mill, Waupaca Co.
Ball River, La Crosse Co.
Ballou, Ashland Co.
Balmoral, Richland Co.
Balsam Lake [origin of place name]
Balsam Lake, Polk Co.
Balsam Lake, Town of, Polk Co.
Balsam Lake, Village of, Polk Co.
Bancroft, Portage Co.
Bangor [origin of place name]
Bangor, La Crosse Co.
Bangor, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Bangor, Village of, La Crosse Co.
Banner, Fond du Lac Co.
Bannerman, Waushara Co.
Baraboo River, Sauk Co.
Baraboo [brief history]
Baraboo [origin of place name]
Baraboo, Sauk Co.
Baraboo, Town of, Sauk Co.
Bardwell, Walworth Co.
Bark Point, Bayfield Co.
Bark River, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Barksdale, Bayfield Co.
Barksdale, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Barnes, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Barneveld, Iowa Co.
Barneveld, Village of, Iowa Co.
Barntown [origin of place name]
Barnum, Crawford Co.
Barre Mills, La Crosse Co.
Barre, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Barron [origin of place name]
Barron, Barron Co.
Barron, Town of, Barron Co.
Barronett, Barron Co.
Barronett, Town of, Washburn Co.
Barry Corner, Pepin Co.
Bartelme, Town of, Shawano Co.
Barton, Town of, Adams Co.
Barton, Town of, Washington Co.
Barton, Washington Co.
Basco, Dane Co.
Bashaw [origin of place name]
Bashaw, Burnett Co.
Bashaw, Town of, Washburn Co.
Bass Creek [origin of place name]
Bass Lake, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Bass Lake, Town of, Washburn Co.
Bassett, Kenosha Co.
Basswood, Richland Co.
Batavia [origin of place name]
Batavia, Sheboygan Co.
Bateman, Chippewa Co.
Battle of Bad Axe (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Battle of Mole Lake (Historic Marker Erected 1962)
Battle of Wisconsin Heights (Historic Marker Erect
Bavaria, Langlade Co.
Baxter, Dunn Co.
Bay City [origin of place name]
Bay City, Pierce Co.
Bay Settlement, Brown Co.
Bay Settlement, Town of, Brown Co.
Bay View Rolling Mill (Historic Marker Erected 198
Bay View's Immigrants (Historic Marker Erected 199
Bay View, Kewaunee Co.
Bay-settlement, Brown Co.
Bayfield County [origin of place name]
Bayfield [brief history]
Bayfield [origin of place name]
Bayfield, Bayfield Co.
Bayfield, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Bayport, Town of, Ashland Co.
Bayside, Milwaukee Co.
Bayside, Village of, Milwaukee Co.
Bayview, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Beachs Corners, Trempealeau Co.
Bear Bluff, Town of, Jackson Co.
Bear Creek Corners, Waupaca Co.
Bear Creek [origin of place name]
Bear Creek, Election precinct of, Richland Co.
Bear Creek, Outagamie Co.
Bear Creek, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Bear Creek, Town of, Pepin Co.
Bear Creek, Town of, Sauk Co.
Bear Creek, Town of, Waupaca Co.
Bear Creek, Village of, Outagamie Co.
Bear Lake, Town of, Barron Co.
Bear Valley, Richland Co.
Beaumont, Racine Co.
Beaver Brook, Town of, Washburn Co.
Beaver Brook, Washburn Co.
Beaver Creek [origin of place name]
Beaver Dam [brief history]
Beaver Dam [origin of place name]
Beaver Dam, Dodge Co.
Beaver Dam, Town of, Dodge Co.
Beaver Edge, Dodge Co.
Beaver, Marinette Co.
Beaver, Town of, Clark Co.
Beaver, Town of, Marinette Co.
Beaver, Town of, Polk Co.
Beaver, Town of, Washburn Co.
Beebe, Douglas Co.
Beecher Lake, Marinette Co.
Beecher, Marinette Co.
Beecher, Town of, Marinette Co.
Beechwood [origin of place name]
Beechwood, Sheboygan Co.
Beef Slough (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Beetown [origin of place name]
Beetown, Grant Co.
Beetown, Town of, Grant Co.
Belcrest, Rock Co.
Beldenville, Pierce Co.
Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin (Historic Marker E
Belgium [origin of place name]
Belgium, Ozaukee Co.
Belgium, Town of, Ozaukee Co.
Belgium, Village of, Ozaukee Co.
Bell Center, Crawford Co.
Bell Center, Village of, Crawford Co.
Bell Heights, Outagamie Co.
Bell's Corner [origin of place name]
Bell, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Belle Fontaine Spring [origin of place name]
Belle Fountain, Columbia Co.
Belle Plaine, Shawano Co.
Belle Plaine, Town of, Shawano Co.
Belleville [origin of place name]
Belleville, Dane Co.
Belleville, Village of, Dane Co.
Bellevue (historical), Town of, Brown Co.
Bellevue, Brown Co.
Bellevue, Town of, Brown Co.
Bellevue, Village of, Brown Co.
Bellinger [origin of place name]
Bellinger, Taylor Co.
Bellview, Town of, Crawford Co.
Bellwood, Douglas Co.
Belmont (capitol)
Belmont [origin of place name]
Belmont, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Belmont, Town of, Portage Co.
Belmont, Village of, Lafayette Co.
Belmont-Wisconsin Territory (Historic Marker Erect
Beloit College (HIstoric Marker Erected 1967)
Beloit [brief history]
Beloit [origin of place name]
Beloit, Rock Co.
Beloit, Town of, Rock Co.
Belvidere, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Benderville, Brown Co.
Benet Lake, Kenosha Co.
Bennett, Douglas Co.
Bennett, Town of, Douglas Co.
Benoit, Bayfield Co.
Benson, Burnett Co.
Benton creek
Benton [origin of place name]
Benton, Lafayette Co.
Benton, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Benton, Village of, Lafayette Co.
Bergen Beach, Fond du Lac Co.
Bergen, Rock Co.
Bergen, Town of, Marathon Co.
Bergen, Town of, Vernon Co.
Berigan, Bernard R. "Bunny" (1908-1942)(Historic M
Berlin [origin of place name]
Berlin, Green Lake Co.
Berlin, Town of, Green Lake Co.
Berlin, Town of, Marathon Co.
Berlin, Town of, Waushara Co.
Bern, Town of, Marathon Co.
Berry, Town of, Dane Co.
Bethel, Wood Co.
Bethesda, Waukesha Co.
Bevent, Marathon Co.
Bevent, Town of, Marathon Co.
Bibon [origin of place name]
Big Bend [origin of place name]
Big Bend, Town of, Rusk Co.
Big Bend, Village of, Waukesha Co.
Big Bend, Waukesha Co.
Big Bull Falls
Big Bull Falls [origin of place name]
Big Bull Falls, Election precinct of, Portage Co.
Big Falls, Town of, Rusk Co.
Big Falls, Village of, Waupaca Co.
Big Falls, Waupaca Co.
Big Flats, Adams Co.
Big Flats, Town of, Adams Co.
Big Patch [origin of place name]
Big Prairie, Waushara Co.
Big Quinnesec Falls, Menominee River
Big Spring, Adams Co.
Big Spring, Town of, Adams Co.
Bigpatch, Grant Co.
Billings Park, Douglas Co.
Binghamton, Outagamie Co.
Birch Creek, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Birch Island [origin of place name]
Birch [origin of place name]
Birch, Ashland Co.
Birch, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Birch, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Birchwood, Kewaunee Co.
Birchwood, Town of, Washburn Co.
Birchwood, Village of, Washburn Co.
Birchwood, Washburn Co.
Birnamwood [origin of place name]
Birnamwood, Shawano Co.
Birnamwood, Town of, Shawano Co.
Birnamwood, Village of, Shawano Co.
Biron [origin of place name]
Biron, Village of, Wood Co.
Biron, Wood Co.
Birthplace of an Airline (Historic Marker Erected
Birthplace of Flag Day (Historic Marker Erected 19
Birthplace of GTE (Historic Marker Erected 1980)
Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel (Historic
Birthplace of the Republican Party (Historic Marke
Bishop's Settlement [origin of place name]
Black Brook, Town of, Polk Co.
Black Creek, Outagamie Co.
Black Creek, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Black Creek, Village of, Outagamie Co.
Black Earth [origin of place name]
Black Earth, Dane Co.
Black Earth, Town of, Dane Co.
Black Earth, Town of, Dane Co.
Black Earth, Village of, Dane Co.
Black Hawk at Turtle Village (Historic Marker Erec
Black Hawk War (Historic Marker Erected 1968)
Black Hawk War Encampment "Burnt Village" (Histori
Black Hawk War Encampment (Historic Marker Erected
Black Hawk [origin of place name]
Black Hawk, Sauk Co.
Black River
Black River Falls [brief history]
Black River Falls [origin of place name]
Black River Falls, Election precinct of, Crawford
Black River Falls, Jackson Co.
Black River Valley (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Black River, Douglas Co.
Black Wolf Point, Winnebago Co.
Black Wolf [origin of place name]
Black Wolf, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Black Wolf, Winnebago Co.
Blackhawk Island, Jefferson Co.
Blackwell Junction, Forest Co.
Blackwell, Forest Co.
Blackwell, Town of, Forest Co.
Blaine, Portage Co.
Blaine, Town of, Burnett Co.
Blair [origin of place name]
Blair, Trempealeau Co.
Blanchard, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Blanchardville [origin of place name]
Blanchardville, Lafayette Co.
Blanchardville, Village of, Lafayette Co.
Blanding [origin of place name]
Blenker, Wood Co.
Bloom City, Richland Co.
Bloom, Town of, Richland Co.
Bloomer Prairie, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Bloomer [origin of place name]
Bloomer, Chippewa Co.
Bloomer, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Bloomfield, Town of, Walworth Co.
Bloomfield, Town of, Waushara Co.
Blooming Grove [origin of place name]
Blooming Grove, Town of, Dane Co.
Bloomingdale, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Bloomingdale, Vernon Co.
Bloomington [origin of place name]
Bloomington, Grant Co.
Bloomington, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Bloomington, Town of, Grant Co.
Bloomington, Village of, Grant Co.
Bloomville, Lincoln Co.
Blue Mounds (geology)
Blue Mounds [origin of place name]
Blue Mounds, Dane Co.
Blue Mounds, Town of, Dane Co.
Blue Mounds, Town of, Iowa Co.
Blue Mounds, Village of, Dane Co.
Blue River, Election precinct of, Iowa Co.
Blue River, Grant Co.
Blue River, Grant Co.
Blue River, Town of, Grant Co.
Blue River, Village of, Grant Co.
Blueberry, Douglas Co.
Bluff Siding, Buffalo Co.
Bluff [origin of place name]
Bluffton, Marquette Co.
Bluffview, Sauk Co.
Boardman, St. Croix Co.
Boaz Mastodon (Historic Marker Erected 1995)
Boaz, Richland Co.
Boaz, Village of, Richland Co.
Bohners Lake, Racine Co.
Bohri (historical), Buffalo Co.
Bois Brule River
Bolt, Kewaunee Co.
Boltonville, Washington Co.
Bonduel [origin of place name]
Bonduel, Shawano Co.
Bonduel, Village of, Shawano Co.
Bone Lake, Town of, Polk Co.
Bonita, Oconto Co.
Bonneval, Forest Co.
Boom Bay [origin of place name]
Borea, Douglas Co.
Borth, Waushara Co.
Boscobel [origin of place name]
Boscobel, Grant Co.
Boscobel, Town of, Grant Co.
Bosstown, Richland Co.
Boulder Junction, Town of, Vilas Co.
Boulder Junction, Vilas Co.
Bovina, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Bowers, Walworth Co.
Bowler, Shawano Co.
Bowler, Village of, Shawano Co.
Boyceville, Dunn Co.
Boyceville, Village of, Dunn Co.
Boyd, Chippewa Co.
Boyd, Village of, Chippewa Co.
Boydtown, Crawford Co.
Boyhood Home of Jeremiah Curtin (1835-1906) (Histo
Boylston Junction, Douglas Co.
Boylston, Douglas Co.
Brackett, Eau Claire Co.
Bracy [origin of place name]
Bradford, Town of, Portage Co.
Bradford, Town of, Rock Co.
Bradley, Lincoln Co.
Bradley, Marathon Co.
Bradley, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Bragg, Edward S. (1827-1912)(Historic Marker Erect
Branch, Manitowoc Co.
Brandon [origin of place name]
Brandon, Fond du Lac Co.
Brandon, Town of, Calumet Co.
Brandon, Village of, Fond du Lac Co.
Brannan, Town of, Price Co.
Branstad [origin of place name]
Branstad, Burnett Co.
Brant, Calumet Co.
Brantwood, Price Co.
Brazeau, Town of, Oconto Co.
Breed, Oconto Co.
Breed, Town of, Oconto Co.
Brewer, Richard M. (1850-1878)(Historic Marker Ere
Briarton, Shawano Co.
Brice Prairie, La Crosse Co.
Bridge Creek, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
Bridgeport, Crawford Co.
Bridgeport, Town of, Crawford Co.
Briggs, Clare A. (1875-1930)(Historic Marker Erect
Briggsville [origin of place name]
Briggsville, Marquette Co.
Brigham Park (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Brigham, Town of, Iowa Co.
Bright, Clark Co.
Brighton Beach, Winnebago Co.
Brighton [origin of place name]
Brighton, Kenosha Co.
Brighton, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Brighton, Town of, Marathon Co.
Brighton, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Brill, Barron Co.
Brillion, Calumet Co.
Brillion, Town of, Calumet Co.
Bristol [origin of place name]
Bristol [origin of place name]
Bristol, Kenosha Co.
Bristol, Town of, Dane Co.
Bristol, Town of, Jackson Co.
Bristol, Town of, Kenosha Co.
British Hollow, Grant Co.
Brockville, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Brockway, Jackson Co.
Brockway, Town of, Jackson Co.
Brodhead [origin of place name]
Brodhead, Green Co.
Brodtville, Grant Co.
Broederville [origin of place name]
Brokaw, Marathon Co.
Brokaw, Village of, Marathon Co.
Broken Gun (channel)
Brookfield [brief history]
Brookfield, Town of, Waukesha Co.
Brookfield, Waukesha Co.
Brooklyn [origin of place name]
Brooklyn, Green Co.
Brooklyn, Town of, Green Co.
Brooklyn, Town of, Green Lake Co.
Brooklyn, Town of, Jackson Co.
Brooklyn, Town of, Sauk Co.
Brooklyn, Town of, Washburn Co.
Brooklyn, Village of, Green Co.
Brooks, Adams Co.
Brookside, Adams Co.
Brookside, Oconto Co.
Brothertown [origin of place name]
Brothertown, Calumet Co.
Brothertown, Town of, Calumet Co.
Brown County [origin of place name]
Brown Deer, Milwaukee Co.
Brown Deer, Village of, Milwaukee Co.
Browning, Town of, Taylor Co.
Browns Lake, Racine Co.
Brownsville, Dodge Co.
Brownsville, Town of, Adams Co.
Brownsville, Village of, Dodge Co.
Browntown [origin of place name]
Browntown, Green Co.
Browntown, Village of, Green Co.
Brownville, Chippewa Co.
Bruce, Rusk Co.
Bruce, Village of, Rusk Co.
Bruemmerville, Kewaunee Co.
Brule River (Historic Marker Erected 1962)
Brule River (Historic Marker Erected 1962)
Brule River (northeastern Wisconsin)
Brule [origin of place name]
Brule, Douglas Co.
Brule, Town of, Douglas Co.
Brule-St. Croix Portage (Historic Marker Erected 1
Brule-St. Croix Portage (Historic Marker Erected 1
Brule-St. Croix Waterway (Historic Marker Erected
Brunswick, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
Brushville, Waushara Co.
Brussels, Door Co.
Brussels, Town of, Door Co.
Bryant, Langlade Co.
Buchanan, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Buchanan, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Buchanan, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Buck Creek, Richland Co.
Buckbee, Waupaca Co.
Buckhorn Corner, Dodge Co.
Buckman, Brown Co.
Bud, Vernon Co.
Budsin, Marquette Co.
Buena Park, Racine Co.
Buena Vista, Grant Co.
Buena Vista, Town of, Portage Co.
Buena Vista, Town of, Richland Co.
Buena Vista, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Buena Vista, Waukesha Co.
Buffalo City [brief history]
Buffalo City, Buffalo Co.
Buffalo County [origin of place name]
Buffalo Lake, Marquette Co.
Buffalo Shore Estates, Marquette Co.
Buffalo, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Buffalo, Town of, Marquette Co.
Bull Falls, Town of, Marathon Co.
Buncombe, Election precinct of, Lafayette Co.
Bundy, Lincoln Co.
Bungtown [origin of place name]
Bunker Hill, Richland Co.
Bunyan, Polk Co.
Burgess Corners, Dane Co.
Burke [origin of place name]
Burke, Dane Co.
Burke, Town of, Dane Co.
Burkhardt Station, St. Croix Co.
Burkhardt, St. Croix Co.
Burlington Nothern Ore Docks (Historic Marker Erec
Burlington [brief history]
Burlington [origin of place name]
Burlington, Racine Co.
Burlington, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Burlington, Town of, Racine Co.
Burnett county [origin of place name]
Burnett [origin of place name]
Burnett, Dodge Co.
Burnett, Town of, Burnett Co.
Burnett, Town of, Dodge Co.
Burns, La Crosse Co.
Burns, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Burnside [origin of place name]
Burnside, Town of, Trempealeau Co.
Burnt District
Burr Oak, La Crosse Co.
Burton [origin of place name]
Burton, Grant Co.
Bush, the
Buss's Corners, Dane Co.
Busseyville, Jefferson Co.
Butler, Town of, Clark Co.
Butler, Village of, Waukesha Co.
Butler, Waukesha Co.
Butman Corners, Trempealeau Co.
Butte des Mortes, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Butte des Mortes, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Butte des Morts
Butte Des Morts (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Butte des Morts Lake, Little [origin of place name
Butte des Morts, Lake [origin of place name]
Butte des Morts, Village, Winnebago Co.
Butternut [origin of place name]
Butternut, Ashland Co.
Butternut, Town of, Ashland Co.
Butternut, Village of, Ashland Co.
Byrds Creek, Richland Co.
Byron, Fond du Lac Co.
Byron, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Byron, Town of, Monroe Co.

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