St. Ann's Church, Greenwood, Wisconsin was constructed in 1888 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The church and its cemetery are located just south of Rib Lake, Taylor County, on the corner of Brehem Ave and Wellington Lake Road, in a most picturesque setting. Local volunteers keep working to preserve the building and its contents.
The Black River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, rising in Taylor County just to the north of Clark County, and runs about 160 miles. While in Clark County, she runs roughly north-to-south before inching westward toward the Mississippi. These photos were taken from the bridge of Hwy 95 which runs west-east across the river.
When I brought my photography from this location home, I found a surprise.
Look carefully almost dead center in the photo. On a quick glance, you might think that’s just a rock embankment. Not so.
This is a dam. This is known as the Dells Dam, built on the Black River here back in the logging days. It was used to control the river when it was carrying logs downstream to the LaCrosse area saw mills and market. The floods of 1911 destroyed the dam and there are still remnants of it along the banks of the river. I have concluded that is what we see here. In 1918 a bridge was built here but has since been torn down.
This is the same view of the Black River from Hwy 95 looking down at the old dam, but in early March 2012.
This was a warm spring, so the river was pretty well thawed, but there were ice buildups along the shore.