- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Efforts are underway to preserve a part of Chippewa Falls’ lumber history that was taken from the Chippewa River eight years ago.

A boom log that washed up against the Chippewa Falls Hydro Plant dam in September 2008 has been on display in a downtown park since, The Chippewa Herald (https://bit.ly/2hVZ4xM) reported. But Chippewa County Historical Society Vice President Jim Schuh said the area of the park it was kept in was somewhat shaded and prone to flooding, causing the log to deteriorate.

“With the wet weather we’ve had, the log was starting to get damp and moss was growing on it and we didn’t want to deteriorate it because it was so rare,” Schuh said. “We wanted to find a place where we could put it out of the elements to let it dry out.”

The log now has been moved to a drier location, and the historical society is looking into methods to preserve it.

Arley Engel, former vice president of the Chippewa County Historical Society, estimated that the boom log was at least 170 years old when it was pulled from the river.

The log would have been used between the 1860s and the early 1900s to either guide logs to the mill or to hold them up until people were ready for them at the mill. The log is measured at around 42 feet long.

According to Schuh, the long-term goal for the log would be to display it in the Chippewa Area History Center Museum as part of a possible lumbering display. Fundraising has begun for the proposed history museum near the main entrance to Irvine Park.

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Information from: The Chippewa Herald, https://www.chippewa.com


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