Eau Claire County, Wisconsin

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Eau Claire County (Eau Claire is French for Clear Water) is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 93,142. Its county seat is Eau Claire.[2] The United States Census Bureau's Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Eau Claire County (as well as Chippewa County to the north). Together with the Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area (which includes all of Dunn County) to the west, the Eau Claire metropolitan area, forms the Census Bureau's Eau Claire-Menomonie Combined Statistical Area, which had a consolidated 2000 population of 188,195. Attractions include the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire, Dells Mill Museum in Augusta, Dells Mill Water Powered Museum in Augusta, the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp in Eau Claire, and the Sarge Boyd Bandshell in Eau Claire.[3]

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History

Eau Claire county was originally set off as the Town of Clearwater in Chippewa County, in 1855. The name was changed to the Town of Eau Claire on March 31, 1856. The entire town was separated as Eau Claire County by an act of the Wisconsin State Legislature on October 6, 1856.[4][5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 645 square miles (1,670.5 km2), of which 638 square miles (1,652.4 km2) is land and 8 square miles (20.7 km2) (1.18%) is water.

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