UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Main Street USA

Whether it is named Main Street or is the "main" street by another name--like Cascade or Second--the main commercial district in any small city or village is the heart of the community. We present here a collection of main street views of our area's community downtowns.

Ellsworth and East Ellsworth (Main Street)

Frederic, Grantsburg, and Webster

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  • Grantsburg, Wisconsin
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  • Webster, Wisconsin
  • Webster, Wisconsin

Hudson

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  • Hudson, Wisconsin
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  • Hudson, Wisconsin

River Falls

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The earliest images of downtown River Falls are filled with rows of wooden shops and horse drawn carriages traveling on rutted dirt streets. In 1886, after years of devastating fires, the River Falls Common Council passed a Fire Limit Ordinance requiring all new buildings to be constructed with brick or stone rather than wood. [See Pioneer Hook & Ladder Co. Exhibit] Main Street was paved in the early 1920s. The earliest images of downtown River Falls are filled with rows of wooden shops and horse drawn carriages traveling on rutted dirt streets. In 1886, after years of devastating fires, the River Falls Common Council passed a Fire Limit Ordinance requiring all new buildings to be constructed with brick or stone rather than wood.

Main Street, River Falls, ca. 1870 (west side of Main Street facing south) Building ID List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shops On Main Street River Falls ca. 1870

1:  B. N. Lawrence gun-smith shop
2.  Morgan's barber shop
3.  Carl Krauth's brewery
4:  Fred Muckenhausen's store
5.  John Heffron's feed store
6.  Carl Crossman building--general store
7.  Joe Stephen's blacksmith shop and plow factory
8.  GI ApRobert's store; later Barnard and Abbott's meat market
9.  Oakley's Lime over Griffin's blacksmith shop
10. KL Lien--farm machinery
11. Lord's Livery Stable
12. Cummin's and son's—later Cummins and Rosenquist
13. Boxrud Block--general store 

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