Photographed September 27, 2014
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society
Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
44° 56.1′ N, 91° 23.543′ W
Oldest Commercial Building
in Chippewa Falls
The marker is located on eastbound West Spring Street, east of its intersection with Bay Street, at 29 West Spring Street, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729.The building to your right is the oldest commercial building in Chippewa Falls. It was built (Circa 1859) by Peter Morie (Morey) and was used originally as a Saloon and Boarding House for lumberjacks and others. In 1861 at the start of the Civil War, the young men who enlisted for service in the war did so in the basement of this building. At the time, it had an open stairway to the basement where the covered porch is now located.
Local historian, Thomas McBean, reported that "Old Abe," the famous Civil War Bald Eagle, was home on veterans furlough in the summer of 1864. During his stay "Old Abe" made his home in the hay loft of a barn in the rear of this building.
NOTE: The marker is a little tricky to spot because of its placement on a gate set back from the road and between two buildings (putting it into the shade). See photos below to help easily locate the marker.
This article includes several battlefield photos of Old Abe
This marker is No. 37 in a series of historical markers erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society.
If you know where to look, the marker is easy to find.
Old Abe spreading her wings for her portrait.