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"Eau Claire County History, 1949"

The Town of Clear Creek Gold Strike

by Eleanor Rosenberg

One day, in about 1884, as two of the Putz brothers were breaking a piece of land on their father's farm, the plow struck something solid.  They passed over it, but stopped the horses and went back to investigate and found to their surprise a large piece of yellow metal.  As they thought it was pure gold, great excitement grew.

It proved to be solid copper and weighed about 700 pounds and was sold to a junk dealer in Eau Claire for about $36.  It was also thought to have been a meteor.

Thus ended the Gold Rush in the town of Clear Creek.

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