Marker 132: The Battle of St. Croix Falls

© Photographed September 11, 2016
Erected 1964 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Saint Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin
45° 25.658′ N, 92° 38.741′ W
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THE BATTLE OF ST. CROIX FALLS
Here at the head of St. Croix Falls in about 1770, a war party of Chippewas led by Chief Wau-bo-jeeg prepared for battle against their traditional enemies, the Fox and Sioux.

The two parties met on the portage below this point in a fierce and valor­ous fight. As each side advanced and fell back, the dead and wounded warriors lit­tered the crags and crevices of the dalles where the St. Croix River forces a passage through the narrow rocks. Many others plunged to a watery grave in the boiling floods below.

"The voices of the war chiefs resounded above the rattle of musketry and yells of their warriors, as they urged them to stand their ground," according to Indian tales of the battle. First confident, finally desperate, the Fox and Sioux were routed.

This was the last tribal battle of the Fox Indians. The few survivors retreat­ed far to the south, their tribal fire extinguished, and begged to be taken into the Sac tribe. In the Battle of St. Croix Falls, the victorious Chippewas secured this ter­ritory, making it safe for the white settlers to come.
Marker is in Lions Park on southbound 240th Street / Highway 87, just north of where North Washington Street becomes 240th Street, and just north of its intersection with North Hamilton Street, Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024. The marker is facing 240th Street / Highway 87.

Wikipedia: Chief Waubojeeg

See also, St. Croix Falls Lions Park, also at this location.

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Beautiful park views of the St. Croix River . . .



Signage leading to marker location . . .

 The marker is located at Lions Park.

 The marker is located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

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