Eau Claire, Wisconsin
November 4, 2003
The entire downtown has been designated as a National Landmark Historic District and consists of about 50 historical buildings. Many of these structures are at least 200-years-old and were built in a number of styles including French Creole, French Colonial, French and Spanish vertical log homes, and American Federal Style using stone. Many architecture students come to few the wide variety of building methods.
Start your visit at the Great River Road Interpretive Center, which has a great movie about the history of the area. Contact them at 800/373-7007 for information. They have maps and information on the various historic buildings and tour information. Don't miss taking a tour of the Church of Ste. Genevieve (free), which has a recorded presentation on its history. Take a stroll in the historical district and enjoy their craft and antique shops.
This area has other attractions such as state parks, hiking trails, and even a wine country. French and German settlers have been making wine here since the 1700's. For more information visit their website.
From journal Desoto Getaway