History & Heritage
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Eau Claire is chock-full of history. Founded in the 1800s, dozens of sawmills once ruled these waterways, and this proud heritage is still evident today in events and places like the Paul Bunyan Museum, the Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration in Carson Park, and the lumber baron mansions along State Street. And culture is never far out of reach - pack a picnic and enjoy Music in the Park on Thursdays, enjoy a symphonic performance or musical at the theater, join in the world's shortest parade on St. Patrick's Day, or try some new food at the International Fall Festival. There's always something to see and learn here in Eau Claire.
Many people know that Eau Claire has a history rich in logging, but did you know you can ride your bike right to the very spot where the Shaw Lumber Company sat? Did you know that Phoenix Park is named after Phoenix Steel, or that the Banbury Place was once home to Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. tire factory? Did you know that the Yellowstone trail crosses through Eau Claire, or that just north of here you can walk hills and valleys developed by glaciers? Did you know that the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens once ate at Sammy's Pizza?
Visit Eau Claire for our museums! Children's Museum of Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Museum, Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, the area is full of museums for all ages!