UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Main Street, USA Downtown River Falls
Parade, 1917 Horses & buggies and new electrical power lines, 1905 Students celebrating Homecoming with the Snake Dance, 1956   JFK on Main Street, 1960, while campaigning for the presidency Main Street  1876 Facing North Main Street  1876 A.W. Lunds (ca. 1900) Main Street  1876 Horses & buggies and new electrical power lines, 1905 River Falls Main street 1891

Main Street River Falls

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 1920's. 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.

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 1920's.  

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