The Info List - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Eau Claire (/oʊˈklɛər/) is a city in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties in the west-central part of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Wisconsin. Located almost entirely in Eau Claire County, for which it is the county seat,[8] the city had a population of 65,883 at the 2010 census,[9] making it the state's ninth-largest city. Eau Claire is the principal city of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the Eau Claire-Menomonie Combined Statistical Area.


1 Name origin 2 Geography 3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 Metropolitan area 3.3 Hmong population

4 Government 5 Economy 6 Transportation

6.1 Airports 6.2 Mass transit 6.3 Bus 6.4 Major highways 6.5 Rail

7 Education 8 Health care 9 Religion 10 Media and entertainment

10.1 Print media 10.2 Television 10.3 Radio 10.4 Performing arts

11 Recreation 12 Sports

12.1 Baseball 12.2 Curling 12.3 Football 12.4 Roller Derby 12.5 Soccer

13 Recognition 14 Notable people

14.1 Musicians 14.2 Media 14.3 Sports

15 Sister cities 16 See also 17 References 18 Further reading 19 External links

19.1 General 19.2 History

Name origin[edit] Eau Claire took its name from Eau Claire County.[10] "Eau Claire" is the singular form of the original French name, "Eaux Claires", meaning "Clear Waters", for the Eau Claire River. According to local legend, the river was so named because early French explorers journeying down the rain-muddied Chippewa River, happened upon the Eau Claire River, excitedly exclaiming "Voici l'eau claire!" ("Here [is] clear water!"), the city motto, which appears on the city seal. Geography[edit]

Water Street historic district

Eau Claire is located at 44°49′N 91°30′W / 44.817°N 91.500°W / 44.817; -91.500, (44.8146, −91.4927)[11] approximately 90 miles (145 km) east of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is located on the northern fringes of the Driftless Zone. The city was founded near the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers as three separate settlements. The main section of downtown is on the site of the original village, where Stephen McCann, in partnership with J. C. Thomas, put up three buildings in 1845. Although these structures were erected to establish a claim to the land they stood on, the McCann family moved into one of them and became the first permanent settlers.[12] West Eau Claire, founded in 1856, was across the river near the present-day county courthouse, and incorporated in 1872. Between a mile and a half and two miles downstream, the Daniel Shaw & Co. lumber company founded Shawtown, which was annexed by the 1930s.[citation needed] By the 1950s, the entire city had spread far enough to the east to adjoin Altoona. According to the United States Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.14 square miles (88.42 km2), of which 32.04 square miles (82.98 km2) is land and 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2) is water.[2] The terrain of the city is characterized by the river valleys, with steep slopes leading from the center to the eastern and southern sections of the city. The lands into which the urban area is currently expanding are increasingly hilly. There are two lakes in the city, Dells Pond, and Half Moon Lake. Dells Pond is a reservoir created by a hydroelectric dam, and was formerly used as a holding pool for logs. Half Moon Lake is an oxbow lake created as part of the former course of the Chippewa River.

Climate data for Eau Claire, Wisconsin
(Eau Claire Regional), 1981–2010 normals

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 54 (12) 59 (15) 84 (29) 91 (33) 95 (35) 100 (38) 111 (44) 104 (40) 97 (36) 89 (32) 74 (23) 64 (18) 111 (44)

Average high °F (°C) 23.4 (−4.8) 28.9 (−1.7) 41.1 (5.1) 57.7 (14.3) 69.8 (21) 78.6 (25.9) 82.9 (28.3) 80.3 (26.8) 71.4 (21.9) 57.9 (14.4) 41.4 (5.2) 27.1 (−2.7) 55.04 (12.81)

Average low °F (°C) 5.4 (−14.8) 9.9 (−12.3) 21.6 (−5.8) 34.2 (1.2) 45.4 (7.4) 55.3 (12.9) 60.2 (15.7) 58.3 (14.6) 48.9 (9.4) 36.8 (2.7) 24.5 (−4.2) 10.6 (−11.9) 34.26 (1.24)

Record low °F (°C) −45 (−43) −35 (−37) −35 (−37) 5 (−15) 20 (−7) 33 (1) 42 (6) 37 (3) 23 (−5) 11 (−12) −18 (−28) −32 (−36) −45 (−43)

Average precipitation inches (mm) .94 (23.9) .91 (23.1) 1.86 (47.2) 2.73 (69.3) 3.47 (88.1) 4.17 (105.9) 3.83 (97.3) 4.45 (113) 3.69 (93.7) 2.35 (59.7) 1.86 (47.2) 1.17 (29.7) 31.43 (798.1)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 10.3 (26.2) 8.2 (20.8) 8.4 (21.3) 2.2 (5.6) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) .6 (1.5) 4.6 (11.7) 9.9 (25.1) 44.2 (112.2)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.7 8.1 9.3 11.1 12.2 12.1 11.4 10.2 11.3 10.1 9.2 10.1 124.8

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 8.4 6.9 4.9 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 .6 4.0 7.7 34.6

Source: NOAA (extremes 1949–present),[13]


Historical population

Census Pop.

1870 2,293

1880 10,119


1890 17,415


1900 17,517


1910 18,310


1920 20,906


1930 26,287


1940 30,745


1950 36,058


1960 37,987


1970 44,619


1980 51,509


1990 56,856


2000 61,704


2010 65,883


Est. 2016 68,339 [4] 3.7%

U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $36,399, and the median income for a family was $49,320. Males had a median income of $32,503 versus $23,418 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,230. About 5.5% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. As of the most recent census, the Eau Claire County
Eau Claire County
portion had a population of 63,902 inhabitants, while the Chippewa County portion was 1,981 inhabitants. 2010 census[edit]

The Eau Claire Masonic Center
Eau Claire Masonic Center
is on the National Register of Historic Places.

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 65,883 people, 26,803 households, and 14,293 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,056.3 inhabitants per square mile (793.9/km2). There were 28,134 housing units at an average density of 878.1 per square mile (339.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population. There were 26,803 households of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.7% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age in the city was 29.8 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 22.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female. As of 2010, there were 1,981 persons within the city limits in Chippewa County and 63,902 in Eau Claire County
Eau Claire County
for a total of 65,883.[14] Metropolitan area[edit] Together with surrounding communities, the Eau Claire metropolitan area is home to 114,483 people, according to the 2000 census. The city forms the core of the United States Census
Bureau's Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties (composite 2000 population: 148,337). Together with the Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area (which includes all of Dunn County) to the west, the Eau Claire metropolitan area, forms the Census
Bureau's Eau Claire-Menomonie Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a consolidated 2000 population of 188,195. 2004 population estimates place the two-county Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls metropolitan population at 155,680, and the expanded Eau Claire-Menomonie CMSA population at 197,417.[15] Hmong population[edit] See also: Hmong in Wisconsin As of 2008, Hmong Americans
Hmong Americans
were the largest ethnic minority in Eau Claire. Jenna Christian, Pa Sia Low Moua, and Ingolf Vogeler, the authors of "The Cultural Landscape of the Hmong in Eau Claire, Wisconsin," wrote that the Hmong are also the city's "most visible ethnic group".[16] In 2008 there were 1,566 Hmong people in Eau Claire County,[16] While the Hmong population is numerically smaller in Eau Claire County compared to Milwaukee, the Hmong have a higher percentage of the population in Eau Claire County, and Christian, Moua, and Vogeler wrote that "the Hmong stand out more singularly as an ethnic minority than they do in metropolitan areas like Milwaukee, which is already more racially and culturally diverse."[17] The majority of the county's Hmong live in the city of Eau Claire. In select Eau Claire neighborhoods, up to 30% of the residents are Hmong.[16] As of 2008, 80% of the vendors at the local farmers' market are Hmong.[16] Government[edit]

Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In November 1909 a movement to change the city government from the aldermanic to the commission form was launched by the West Side Boosters, the forerunners of the Water Street, Eau Claire Business Men. The campaign that preceded the February 15 election was a heated one. Local rallies and mass meetings were held. The 20 members of the common council were about equally split about the change. The final vote was 1867 for change and 995 against. Since switching from a mayoral system in 1948, Eau Claire has had a city manager-city council form of government. The city council is a non-partisan 11-member governing council consisting of five members elected from aldermanic districts in odd-numbered years, five members elected at-large in even-numbered years, and an elected city council president, elected at-large in odd-numbered years.[18] The council's legislative meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Public hearings are held on the Monday evenings before legislative sessions. All meetings are held in the City
Council Chambers at City
Hall in downtown Eau Claire.[19] Meetings are televised live on public-access television channel 97 and digital cable channel 994 and simulcast on radio station WRFP 101.9 FM.[20] Eau Claire is represented by Ron Kind
Ron Kind
(D) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin
(D) in the United States Senate. Terry Moulton (R) and Kathleen Vinehout
Kathleen Vinehout
(D) represent Eau Claire in the Wisconsin
State Senate, and Kathy Bernier (R), Dana Wachs
Dana Wachs
(D), and Warren Petryk (R) in the Wisconsin
State Assembly. Economy[edit]

The Eau Claire paper mill, circa 1890-1940. Both the dam and the mill remain functional.

The lumber industry drove Eau Claire's growth in the late 19th century. At one time, there were 22 sawmills operating in the city.[citation needed] Since the loss of several thousand manufacturing jobs in the early 1990s (due to the closure of the local Uniroyal tire plant), the city's economy was reshaped by the opening of a number of plants engaged in the construction of computer hardware, such as Hutchinson Technology's largest plant, and is home to IDEXX Computer Systems, a division of IDEXX Laboratories.[citation needed] Eau Claire is home to several national and regional companies including Menards, National Presto Industries, Inc., Midwest Manufacturing, Erbert & Gerbert's, and Silver Spring Foods. Today retail, health care and education are the primary employment sectors in Eau Claire.[citation needed]. Transportation[edit] Airports[edit] Eau Claire is served by the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
(KEAU). Mass transit[edit]

Eau Claire Transit bus lines

Bus[edit] Eau Claire is served by both the Greyhound bus line ( Milwaukee
to Minneapolis, via I-94), and Jefferson Lines
Jefferson Lines
Bus service (Green Bay to Minneapolis, via Hwy 29 to I-94). Major highways[edit]

Interstate 94 U.S. Route 12
U.S. Route 12
("Clairemont Avenue") U.S. Route 53 ("The Bypass") Business US-53 ("Hastings Way") Highway 29 (Bypasses Eau Claire to the north) Highway 37 ("Hendrickson Drive") Highway 85 (Terminates on Wis. 37 just outside Eau Claire) Highway 93 Highway 124 (Foreshortened in 2006, now ends in neighboring Lake Hallie) Highway 312 (Signed as, and known locally as, the "North Crossing")

Rail[edit] Eau Claire is located on freight rail lines owned by the Union Pacific Railroad,[21] formerly owned by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway (Omaha Road), and later part of the Chicago and North Western Railway. C&NW operated passenger trains from Chicago through Eau Claire to the Twin Cities area until 1963 when the Twin Cities 400 ended service.[22] Passenger rail service to Eau Claire is seen as critical by the Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Department of Transportation
and Wisconsin
Department of Transportation, and they plan to return trains to the city by 2030.[23] Education[edit]

The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

Eau Claire schools are part of the Eau Claire Area School District.The city has two public high schools: Memorial High School and North High School; and two public charter high schools: McKinley Charter School and Technology Charter School. Eau Claire also has two private high schools: Catholic
Regis High School and Immanuel Lutheran High School. Eau Claire is home to two public colleges (University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley
Technical College) and two private colleges (Immanuel Lutheran College and a campus of Globe University/Minnesota School of Business). There are 13 elementary schools, and 3 middle schools in the Eau Claire Area School District.[24] Including Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley
Montessori Charter School, which was founded in 2002, and follows the teaching of Maria Montessori.[25] Health care[edit] Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
Health Care System has a family medicine residency program in Eau Claire.[26] Eau Claire also had two other major hospitals, including HSHS Sacred Heart, and Marshfield Clinic Hospitals. Religion[edit]

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The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire
Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire
is headquartered in the city. Its mother church is Christ Church Cathedral.[27] The city is also located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse
Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse
and is home to Sacred Heart Church[28] and St. Patrick's Church. Additionally, Community House, First Congregational Church, First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd[29] are located in Eau Claire.

Temple Sholom synagogue in Eau Claire

Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire

Eau Claire is home to several religious denominations:

Apostolic Faith – 1 congregation[30] Assemblies of God
Assemblies of God
– 2 congregations Baptist
– 8 churches variously unaffiliated (including 1 SBC congregation) Catholic
– 5 parishes Church of Christ, Scientist
Church of Christ, Scientist
(Christian Science) – 1 congregation Church of Christ and a non-institutional congregations Episcopalian – 1 congregation (The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire has its see in Eau Claire.) Hmong Christian Alliance – 1 congregation Islam
– 1 mosque located in Altoona, WI – The Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin
Mosque or Altoona Masjid[31] Jehovah's Witness
Jehovah's Witness
– 2 congregations (both of which share the same Kingdom Hall) Judaism
– 1 synagogue[32] Lutheran – about 20 congregations representing the following:

Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Synod
(ELS) Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA) Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
(LCMS) Church of the Lutheran Confession
Church of the Lutheran Confession
(CLC) Wisconsin
Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Methodist – 4 congregations (one of which is located in nearby Altoona)

Lake Street United Methodist Church

Mennonite Church USA
Mennonite Church USA
– 1 congregation meeting two Sundays per month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
– 1 congregation[33] Nazarene – 1 congregation Pentecostal
– about 10 variously affiliated congregations Presbyterianism
– 2 congregations Society of Friends (Quakers) – 1 congregation Salvation Army – 1 congregation Unitarian Universalist
Unitarian Universalist
– 1 congregation[34] United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
– 3 congregations Unity School of Christianity
Unity School of Christianity
– 1 congregation Wesleyan Church
Wesleyan Church
– 1 congregation

Media and entertainment[edit] Print media[edit] The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram has a daily circulation of 26,901 during the week and a circulation rate of 38,824 for the Sunday paper.[citation needed] Volume One is a biweekly magazine published with a circulation of 15,000 and an estimated readership of 45,000[35] Television[edit] Nielson Market Research lists Eau Claire/La Crosse as the 127th largest television market area.[36]

Channel Callsign Affiliation Branding Subchannels Owner

(Virtual) Channel Programming

8 8.2 8.3 MyNetworkTV ION Morgan Murphy Media

13 News 13.2 13.3 13.4 Antenna TV Heroes & Icons Movies! Gray Television

18 18.2 18.3 CW Decades Quincy Newspapers

28.1 WHWC PBS Wisconsin
Public Television 28.2 28.3 28.4 Wisconsin
Channel Create PBS
Kids Wisconsin
Educational Communications Board

48.1 WEUX FOX FOX 25/48 48.2 48.3 48.4 MeTV Escape Bounce Nexstar Media Group

993 CVCTV Eau Claire Public Access CTV Community 994 Eau Claire Public Access Eau Claire Public Access

Radio[edit] FM

FM radio
FM radio

Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner

88.3 FM WHWC Wisconsin
Public Radio Ideas Network Wisconsin
Public Radio

89.1 FM W206AH (KLOV Translator) Family Radio Christian Family Radio

89.7 FM WUEC Wisconsin
Public Radio News & Classical Network Wisconsin
Public Radio

90.5 FM WVCF VCY America Christian VCY America

91.3 FM WHEM Moody Broadcasting Network Christian Moody Broadcasting Network

92.1 FM WMEQ Classic Rock 92.1 Classic rock iHeartMedia, Inc.

92.9 FM WECL The X Active Rock Mid-West Family Broadcasting

94.1 FM WIAL I-94 Hot AC Mid-West Family Broadcasting

95.1 FM WQRB B95 Country iHeartMedia, Inc.

96.3 FM WHYS Eau Claire Community Radio Community Northern Thunder, Inc.

96.9 FM WJLM 3ABN Christian 3ABN

97.3 FM WHRC 3ABN Christian 3ABN

98.1 FM WISM Mix 98.1 Adult contemporary Aloha Station Trust, LLC.

99.1 FM W256AE ( WCFW Translator) C105 Adult Contemporary Bushland Radio Specialties

99.9 FM WDRK Blugold Radio Variety Mid-West Family Broadcasting

100.7 FM WBIZ Z100 Top 40/CHR iHeartMedia, Inc.

101.9 FM WRFP

Community-Government Eau Claire Public Access Center, Inc.

102.7 FM WIEC WIEC Fat Free Radio Community The Eau Claire Broadcasting Association

103.7 FM WWIB 103.7 WWIB Christian Stewards of Sound Inc.

104.5 Country Mid-West Family Broadcasting

105.7 FM WCFW C105 Adult contemporary Bushland Radio Specialties

106.7 FM WATQ Moose Country 106.7 Classic country iHeartMedia, Inc.


AM radio
AM radio

Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner

680 AM WOGO 680 WOGO News/Talk Stewards of Sound, Inc.

790 AM WAYY News Talk
790 News/Talk Mid-West Family Broadcasting

880 AM WMEQ 880 WMEQ News/Talk iHeartMedia, Inc.

1050 AM WDVM Relevant Radio Catholic Starboard Broadcasting

1150 AM WEAQ Oldies 1150 Oldies Mid-West Family Broadcasting

1400 AM WBIZ Sports Radio 1400 Sports iHeartMedia, Inc.

The Sarge Boyd Bandshell
Sarge Boyd Bandshell
in Owen Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1938 to showcase the Eau Claire Municipal Band, it remains the city's premier outdoor performance venue.

Performing arts[edit] Eau Claire has a modest but active theater community. Although no professional theater groups make their home in the region, amateur and community theaters have a significant presence; the most visible of these are the Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley
Theatre Guild (CVTG) and the Eau Claire Children's Theatre (ECCT). In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has a robust theatre program, and traveling professional shows frequently make stops in the city. The Kjer Theatre and the State Theatre are the primary indoor performing arts venues, although both CVTG and ECCT have recently established their own independent venues, in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Recreation[edit]

The lit tennis courts in Owen Park are popular with university students.

There are several large parks in the city: Owen Park, along the Chippewa River, home to a large bandshell where open-air concerts are held throughout the summer; Putnam Park, which follows the course of Putnam Creek and Little Niagara Creek east from the UWEC campus; Carson Park, situated in the middle of an oxbow lake; and Phoenix Park on the site of the old Phoenix Steel plant at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa River. Phoenix Park is the host of a weekly farmers market and open-air concerts during summer months. Riverview Park is also a common summer swimming destination, as well as one of the local boat landings. This park includes picnicking areas and grills, as well as public restrooms. The City
of Eau Claire also operates Fairfax public pool, and Hobbs Municipal Ice Center, an indoor ice center. Eau Claire is at the head of the Chippewa River State Trail, a biking and recreation trail that follows the lower course of the Chippewa River. Sports[edit] Baseball[edit] Eau Claire has three amateur baseball teams. The Eau Claire Express are a team that plays in the Northwoods League, an NCAA-sanctioned summer baseball league. Their home games are played at Carson Park. The Eau Claire Cavaliers, also plays home games at Carson Park.[37] The Eau Claire Bears play in the Chippewa River Baseball League. Also, three of Eau Claire's High Schools have baseball teams.[38] Eau Claire North H.S. won the 2011 state championship. Eau Claire also has a large youth baseball program including a summer parks and recreation league, Little League (Nationals, American,Lowes Creek and Seymour). A Babe Ruth League (13- to 18-year-olds) which won State Tournaments at ages 13, 14 and 15 in 2012. Those Teams all went on to win 3rd place at their Regional Tournaments. Curling[edit] Eau Claire Curling Club has been around for over 50 years.[39] Football[edit] The Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley
Predators football compete in the Northern Elite Football League, play their home games at Carson Park. Their team was established in 2001.[40] Roller Derby[edit] Established in 2009, The Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley
Roller Girls (CVRG) represent Eau Claire and the surrounding Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley
region. CVRG, a WFTDA League member, is Eau Claire's original all-female flat track roller derby league. It is a non profit organization managed and operated by the skaters via an elected board of directors and skater-led committees. Soccer[edit] The Eau Claire Aris FC
Eau Claire Aris FC
are Eau Claire's team in the NPSL. Eau Claire United[41] is a competitive youth soccer team competing in the MYSA. Every summer, Eau Claire United hosts a soccer tournament that brings around 100 teams to the community.[41] Recognition[edit] America's Promise
America's Promise
named the city as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2007.[42] Eau Claire was among the first Tree Cities in Wisconsin, having been recognized as such since 1980.[43] Notable people[edit] See also

Category:People from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Notable University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduates

Notable people

Thomas H. Barland, judge and legislator Mary Brunner, former girlfriend of Charles Manson Stanley Blystone, actor Byron Buffington, Wisconsin
State Assembly George Buffington, businessman Jonathan G. Callahan, Wisconsin
State Assembly Thomas Carmichael, Wisconsin
State Assembly Alden Carter, ALA award-winning author Henry Cousins, Wisconsin
state assemblyman Marshall Cousins, Wisconsin
State Assembly Charles H. Daub, Wisconsin
State Assembly Dave Duax, Wisconsin
Cabinet Secretary, Vice President of the Eau Claire City
Council, Chairman of the Eau Claire County
Eau Claire County
Board Moncena Dunn, inventor Julius C. Gilbertson, Wisconsin
State Assembly Charles R. Gleason, businessman and politician Karl J. Goethel, lawyer and politician Hiram P. Graham, Wisconsin
State Assembly Michael Griffin, U.S. Representative Steve Gunderson, CEO of the Council on Foundations and a former Republican Congressman from Wisconsin Cornelia Ellis Hildebrandt, portrait artist, born in Eau Claire in 1876[44] Joseph E. Irish, Wisconsin
State Senate Nancy B. Jackson, chemist Kato Kaelin, entertainer and witness at the O. J. Simpson
O. J. Simpson
murder trial, attended the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Cayla Kluver, author Ray Kuhlman, Wisconsin
State Assembly Jacquelyn J. Lahn, Wisconsin
State Assembly Herman Lange, Wisconsin
State Senate Henry Laycock, Wisconsin
State Assembly Scott D. Legwold, U.S. National Guard
U.S. National Guard
general Joseph Looby, Wisconsin
State Assembly[45] Frank McDonough, Wisconsin
State Assembly and Senate Hugh J. McGrath, Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
recipient John Menard Jr., founder of Menards James D. Millar, Wisconsin
State Assembly[46] John Myhers, actor James H. Noble, physician and Wisconsin
State Senate John Joseph Paul, Roman Catholic
Bishop, helped establish Regis High School in Eau Claire Arthur Peabody, state architect of Wisconsin Bradley Phillips, Wisconsin
State Assembly William T. Pugh, Wisconsin
State Assembly Henry Cleveland Putnam, lumber baron and philanthropist who gave Putnam Park to the city of Eau Claire Bernard H. Raether, Wisconsin
State Assembly Steve Scott, computer architect George B. Shaw, U.S. Representative Peter J. Smith, Wisconsin
State Senate Hobart Stocking, Wisconsin
State Assembly Joseph G. Thorp, Wisconsin
State Senate Marcus Thrane, Norwegian labor organizer who died in Eau Claire in 1890 Dana Wachs, lawyer and politician Musicians

Curt Boettcher, musician, producer, songwriter Sean Carey, musician with Bon Iver Lars Hanson, drummer for United Artists recording group Bad Boy Mike Kappus, music manager and record producer, inductee in the Blues Hall of Fame[47] Geoffrey Keezer, jazz pianist—the last to play with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Mark Kosower, cellist Justin Vernon, Grammy award-winning frontman of Bon Iver Media

Waldemar Ager, Norwegian-American newspaperman and author Eppie Lederer, advice columnist who wrote under the pseudonym Ann Landers (during her time in Eau Claire she served as chair of the Eau Claire Democratic Party.)[48] Julie Nelson, TV news anchor affiliated with KARE-TV in Minnesota Abigail van Buren, advice columnist known for "Dear Abby" Sports

Lemoine Batson, Olympic athlete[49] Mike Peplinski, Olympic athlete[50] Dick Bennett, former Wisconsin
and Washington State basketball coach; coached Eau Claire Memorial High School
Eau Claire Memorial High School
basketball Cub Buck, NFL
player and head coach of the Miami Hurricanes football team[51] Jake Dowell, NHL
player[52] Clifford Fagan, member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Marv Harshman, former college men's basketball coach for Washington, Washington State, and Pacific Lutheran Alex Hicks, National Hockey League, a University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Blugold, played in the NHL
for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, and the Florida Panthers. Hicks was, and remains, the only University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Blugold (a division III school) to play in NHL
regular season and playoff games. Mike Hintz, NFL
player Herm Johnson, former CART / Indy 500 race car driver Vic Johnson, MLB
player[53] Steve Lingenfelter, NBA
player[54] Patrick McLain, MLS player Paul Menard, NASCAR
driver Chuck Mencel, NBA
player[55] Pat O'Donahue, NFL
player for the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
and Green Bay Packers[56] Willis S. Olson, Olympic ski jumper, member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame[57] Sis Paulsen, ice hockey and softball coach Ralph Pond, baseball player[58] Jake McCabe, NHL
Player Tom Poquette, MLB
player for Kansas City
Royals (1973, 1976–79, 1982), Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
and Texas Rangers Brad Radke, MLB
pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, born in Eau Claire Bill Schroeder, NFL
wide receiver (1994–2004) John Stiegelmeier, head coach of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team Jerry Wunsch, National Football League, offensive guard for Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997–2001) and Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
(2002–2005)[59] Reed Zuehlke, Olympic ski jumper[60]

Sister cities[edit] Eau Claire is sistered with the following towns:

Lismore, New South Wales, Australia[61] Miramar, Costa Rica[62]

See also[edit]

Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls metropolitan area Eau Claire, Calgary
Eau Claire, Calgary
– a neighborhood in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), whose name was derived from a relocated Eau Claire, WI sawmill. List of municipalities in Wisconsin
by population List of Tree Cities USA


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Further reading[edit]

Christian, Jenna, Pa Sia Low Moua, and Ingolf Vogeler. "The Cultural Landscape of the Hmong in Eau Claire, Wisconsin", Wisconsin Geographer, vol. 23 (2008-2009), pp. 3–19. McArthur, Charles. "Eau Claire, Wisconsin, A City
of Opportunities", National Magazine (July, 1905)

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Eau Claire–Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Core cities

Eau Claire° Chippewa Falls°

Surrounding communities

(over 5,000)

Altoona° Lafayette* Lake Hallie ‡ Washington *

(under 5,000)

Anson * Brunswick * Eagle Point * Hallie * Jim Falls§ Lake Wissota§ Pleasant Valley * Seymour * Seymour § Tilden * Union* Wheaton *


Eau Claire Chippewa

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Municipalities and communities of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, United States

County seat: Chippewa Falls


Bloomer Chippewa Falls Cornell Eau Claire‡ Stanley‡


Boyd Cadott Lake Hallie New Auburn‡


Anson Arthur Auburn Birch Creek Bloomer Cleveland Colburn Cooks Valley Delmar Eagle Point Edson Estella Goetz Hallie Howard Lafayette Lake Holcombe Ruby Sampson Sigel Tilden Wheaton Woodmohr


Holcombe Jim Falls Lake Wissota

Unincorporated communities

Albertville Anson Arnold Bateman Brownville Cobban Colburn Crescent Drywood Eagle Point Eagleton Edson Howard Huron Maple Hill Old Albertville Pine Grove Ruby Tilden


‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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Municipalities and communities of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States

County seat: Eau Claire


Altoona Augusta Eau Claire‡


Fairchild Fall Creek


Bridge Creek Brunswick Clear Creek Drammen Fairchild Lincoln Ludington Otter Creek Pleasant Valley Seymour Union Washington Wilson



Unincorporated communities

Allen Brackett Cleghorn Foster Hale Corner Hay Creek Ludington Lufkin Mount Hope Corners Nix Corner Rodell Truax Union Wilson

Ghost towns/neighborhoods

Hadleyville Nelsonville Oak Grove Porter's Mills

Indian reservation

Ho-Chunk Indian Reservation‡


‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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Major metropolitan areas (pop. over 500,000)

Chicago metropolitan area Madison metropolitan area Milwaukee
metropolitan area Twin Cities metropolitan area

Largest cities (pop. over 50,000)

Appleton Eau Claire Green Bay Janesville Kenosha La Crosse Madison Milwaukee Oshkosh Racine Waukesha West Allis

Smaller cities (pop. 15,000 to 50,000)

Beaver Dam Beloit Brookfield Cudahy De Pere Fitchburg Fond du Lac Franklin Greenfield Hudson Kaukauna Manitowoc Marshfield Menasha Menomonie Mequon Middleton Muskego Neenah New Berlin Oak Creek Oconomowoc Onalaska River Falls Sheboygan South Milwaukee Stevens Point Sun Prairie Superior Watertown Wausau Wauwatosa West Bend Wisconsin

Largest villages (pop. over 15,000)

Ashwaubenon Caledonia Germantown Howard Menomonee Falls Mount Pleasant Pleasant Prairie


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