WISCONSIN: Historic City Series – The View From Falls City’s Mainstreet

December 14, 2015 Travis Dewitz

Wisconsin Historic City Series Falls City

Falls City, Wis.

Author of the bestselling nonfiction book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman described what would happen if humans no longer existed. In a house without people, “suddenly no one is there in fighting off mold, keeping the insects out, keeping the mice out, keeping the woodpeckers out, keeping the water out,” As cities fade and time passes many small towns find themselves clinging to their homesteads as paint chips away from the memories. The town of Falls City, Wisconsin is a forgotten city you have to look for secreted in the woods along Muddy Creek and surrounded by vast farm fields. It is located eleven miles west of Eau Claire just off County Road C. This county road actually goes around Falls City and you would never know it holds roots unless you turn on to Falls City Road which dissects the ninety degree bend in County C.

This township was settled in 1855 and is part of Dunn County. By 1860 the town boasted a sawmill, a grist mill, a store, two blacksmith shops, a photograph gallery, a carpenter shop, two hotels, and some dwelling houses. Many historical structures remain standing, as the cement slowly comes down, since the decline of Falls City in the mid 1900’s. The eerie looking mill which still stands tall at the edge of Muddy Creek sits abandoned; yet it was only years ago in which wood smoke drifted from the chimney keeping it warm through the winter as it was turned into a makeshift residence. The drive down Falls City Road has always felt like a drive back into the past. The last remaining homesteads in the hidden town leave little evidence of the history that once lived there. – written by Erika Johnson


Falls City Road



Old Mill on Muddy Creek



Falls City Church



Roadside Service Station


WISCONSIN: Historic City Series

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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

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