Eau Claire, Wisconsin Past & Present Photos by Dewitz Photography and The Chippewa Valley Museum

Eau Claire Wis Past and Present

I recently worked with the Chippewa Valley Museum in obtaining many historical images taken of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the surrounding communities in the Chippewa Valley. I have been working with these images to create a series of past and present photo sets. This is part one of this series. The hardest part of this project is being able to take a similar photo of a scene without obstructions like trees, buildings, or poles. Trees are the biggest challenge in many locations as they block much if not all of many locations I picked. The next challenge is trying to find the exact position and just as importantly the cameras focal range that the original photo was taken with. 50mm is a very common lens size for many of the photos but I had to take some of the photos at different focal lengths than the original to avoid obstructions that are now present.  I had a few ways that I could have displayed the differences between these past and present photos but for this first part, I choose to do either side by side or a 5 image blend from top to bottom in 25% opacity increments.  I hope you enjoy all the photos below.

lumber Mill on Eau Claire River Side by Side

Looking up the Eau Claire River from Dewey Street. Eau Claire Linen Co.

Lumber Mill on Eau Claire River

Barstow Street Eau Claire Side by Side

Looking down Barstow Street towards Stones Throw.

Barstow Street Eau Claire

LE Phillips Library Eau Claire WI Side by Side

Looking at the location of the L.E. Phillips Public Library.

LE Phillips Library Eau Claire WI

North Barstow Street Eau Claire WI Side by Side

North Barstow Street, Eau Claire

Historic Huebsch Building Dewey Street Eau Claire

The Huebsch Building on Dewey Street

amoco on Madison Street Eau Claire WI Side by Side

Old Amoco Station on Madison Street.

Amoco on Madison Street Eau Claire WI

Milwaukee Road Depot and Post Office Downtown Eau Claire

Milwaukee Road train depot off of N. Barstow St. by the Post Office.

Madison Street Hill Eau Claire Wis Side by Side

Madison Street Hill before the railroad grade separation.

Madison Street Hill Eau Claire Wis

Chicago North Western Train Station Eau Claire Wis

The Chicago and North Western Eau Claire train station.

Farwell Street Eau Claire WI

S. Farwell Street and Gray Street

looking Down Barstow Street Downtown Eau Claire Side by Side

Downtown Eau Claire – Barstow Street

Looking Down Barstow Street Downtown Eau Claire

 




travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn more about him here.


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  • Christopher Walters - November 30, 2013 - 1:14 am

    That’s some inspiring work Travis! Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • Craig Toycen - November 30, 2013 - 1:30 am

    These are great!ReplyCancel

  • Matt Fisher - November 30, 2013 - 6:08 pm

    great work! love itReplyCancel

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  • Aj Waller Maimbourg - January 21, 2014 - 12:23 am

    Brings back a LOT of memories!
    ReplyCancel

  • […] displayed at the Chippewa Valley Museum. The main portion of my presentation was about my new Eau Claire Past & Present photo series in which I re-shoot old photographs taken from varies locations around Eau Claire. I try to […]ReplyCancel

  • Abdulelah Sejini - June 3, 2015 - 11:27 am

    Thanks you, I’m glad to see like this work. I love this city too much.
    But do you think the old Eau Claire more beautiful than now?ReplyCancel

  • Chuck Velte - December 2, 2015 - 1:40 am

    I could sit and enjoy a book of these photos for hours. So many memories.ReplyCancel

  • Chuck L Steuding - February 27, 2016 - 1:53 am

    Fantastic thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Carter - April 4, 2016 - 3:56 pm

    I lived there in 1977 I left in november of 1977
    I had a friend there
    By the name of lori scoville she had a sister “marcy” a brother “lonnie” and
    Another sister cant remember her name lonnie was married .
    Lonnie had a friend
    Dwayne he came back to mississippi with me.
    I loved it in eau claire it was a small
    Town.
    I had a lot of fun on
    Water street.
    Ahhhh the memories: I was 19
    Yrs. Old
    I met a few people there.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Carter - April 4, 2016 - 4:02 pm

    Hey lori you can email me at
    ec10021958@gmail.com
    Would love to hear from you.
    I have thought about all of you all these years. Or call me.
    601-874-1625ReplyCancel

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