Pig Alley

Photographed May 22, 2015
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society
Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
44.943231,-91.395505 (park here)
44.943998,-91.394894 (marker here)

One of the most picturesque areas along the Duncan Creek Bike Trail is ironically known as Pig Alley. The alley runs from the north end of North Grove Street along Duncan Creek to the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery. This trail apparently got its name in the late 1800s when pigs and other livestock that were owned by the Leinenkugel family and other area residents roamed and grazed in this vicinity.

According to old timers from the area Pig Alley was an idyllic place to grow up. In the summer there was always an array of kool-aid stands where a fresh glass of the beverage could be purchased for two cents. It was cooled by shaved ice “donated” by the Gehweiler Ice Wagon, which made daily stops down Grove Street. Residents spent time swimming or fishing among the rapids created by ancient granite boulders in Duncan Creek. The “Pig Alley Pirates” represented the neighborhood as a softball or football team depending on the season. In the winter, children could go sledding or snow skiing. Some even took their sleds half way up the smaller ski scaffold on the Leinenkugel’s hill and then sledded down.

An area resident recalled that the Leinenkugel horse drawn beer wagon would go by his grandfather’s store on the corner of Columbia and Grove Streets. The driver would let neighborhood boys hop on and ride as far as the brewery. Older boys would hide along Pig Alley in hopes of knocking a half-barrel off the wagon.

Now that Pig Alley is part of the Duncan Creek Bike Trail it will once again be a place where fond memories are made for local residents as well as visitors exploring our fair city.
The marker is located on the north end of the Duncan Creek Trail, adjacent to the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company brewery, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729.

NOTE: To access the marker, park at Leinie Lodge Gift Shop / Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, at 124 East Elm Street, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729. Then walk across the bridge towards the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Stay to your right until you see the Duncan Creek Trail on your right. Walk about 100 feet south on the trail. The marker is on your right; it is impossible to miss. Use the Google Map link above for further directions.

This marker is No. 47 in a series of historical markers erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society.

See also, The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, also at this location.

With the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company marker to the left.

With the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visible in the background.

The bridge leading from the Leinie Lodge Gift Shop
to The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

Park at Leinie Lodge Gift Shop to access the marker.

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