Arkansaw, Wisconsin


Arkansaw, Wisconsin

Arkansaw is an unincorporated community in the eastern portion of the Town of Waterville, in Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States; government for the town. The community, located approximately 3 miles west of Durand, is home to about 300 people. The community's zip code is 54721. From 1881 1886, the community was the county seat of Pepin County. [ [http://www.co.pepin.wi.us/about/history.htm Pepin County History ] ]

History

Arkansaw was founded in the early 1850s at a crossing of Arkansaw Creek, a tributary of the Eau Galle River. [http://www.uwec.edu/Library/archives/guides/SCearly.pdf] Initially built around lumbering, the first sawmill was opened in the community in 1852. [http://www.uwec.edu/Library/archives/guides/scearly.pdf]

The town was originally built near the center of 3 dams within a mile of each other on Arkansaw Creek. All three were wiped out in a flood in 1907. Arkansaw Creek was named in honor of the Arkansas River, of which it reminded its namer. [http://www.durand.k12.wi.us/hs/history/creek/creek.html] Today, the course of the creek through Arkansaw is the site of Arkansaw Creek Park. [http://chroniclesmagazine.org/Chronicles/December2003/1203Scallon.html]

Geography

The community is at the junction of U.S. Highway 10, and Pepin County Trunk Highways D, N, O, and X.

Culture

The community is home to three churches, one each Catholic, Methodist and Latter-day Saint.

One of the community's main draws for outsiders is the Easy Creek Bistro [ [http://www.leadertelegram.com/SpecialReports/reviews/EasyCreek.asp Leader-Telegram Online ] ] .

More renowned Arkansawers include Lisle Leslie Longsdorf, Association for Communication Excellence president (1945-46) [ [http://www.aceweb.org/leadersh/longsdorf.html Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences - Leadership ] ] [ [http://www.lib.umd.edu/NPBA/papers/longs.html NPBA, Papers of Lisle L. Longsdorf, UM Libraries ] ] , Charlie Heit, Montana News Network's weatherman [ [http://www.ktmf.com/mnn59.htm] Dead link|date=March 2008] , and freelance writer Sean Scallon. [ [http://www.etherzone.com/2005/scall050605.shtml Left And Right Unite?- First The Left Has To Shape Up ] ] [ [http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/www/Chronicles/2005/February2005/0205Scallon.html] Dead link|date=March 2008] [ [http://antiwar.com/letters/?articleid=7561 Backtalk! - Antiwar.com ] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer?city=&state=&zip=54721 U.S. Gazetteer's Arkansaw page]
* [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wlhba/searchResults.asp?adv=yes&ci=Arkansaw Wisconsin Historical Society, Articles about Arkansaw, Wisconsin]


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