Submitted by Joan Benner firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Jackson County Banner,
Published at Black River Falls, Wisconsin
July 6, 1867, Page 3
The Village of Black River Falls was incorporated in 1866. It has:
a population of 2,000
two churches completed and two that will be completed within the present year
two extensive sawmills
one large Grist Mill and another in process of construction
a first class Foundry
two good machine shops
one barrel and pail factory
three blacksmith shops
two shoe shops
three wagon shops
two hardware stores
three drug stores
twelve dry goods, grocery and variety stores
two boarding houses
one excellent millinery store
one cooper shop
two furniture stores
one furniture manufactory
headquarters of the Wisconsin Stage Company
sixty substantial residences and business structures are going up the present summer
three or four brick residences or business structures are being built
one harness shop *
one tailor shop *
two picture galleries *
two law offices *
one Planing Mill *
two Livery Stables *
The Tomah railroad will doubtless be completed to this place within a year.
The people are energetic and full of western sociality. Two months in the year, small steamers can come up the river to this place. Jackson County has a population of about 8,000, a vast expanse of good farming land, scores of beautiful trout streams, and a goodly amount of pineland.
In the county, aside from those in the village, there are thirty sawmills, half a dozen gristmills, and others in process of construction.
Any man of good habits and possessed of energy, whether he has any money or not, can soon make himself a pleasant home and good farm in Jackson county. Mechanics of all kinds find plenty of employment, at good wages, in Black River Falls. Situated in the County are several prosperous little villages of which we shall speak in due time.
Young men of Pennsylvania, New York and New England States, break away from your old haunts among mountains and rocks, and come where there is room for you to expand--where you can be of some use.
* Items marked with an asterisk are from the July 13,
1867 Jackson County Banner , Page 3, when the editor noted he had neglected
to mention a few businesses.