Wisconsin Towns and Places

Eau Claire

Eau Claire is in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, mostly in Eau Claire. It’s a pretty good sized city, almost 70,000 in 2018. The city’s name translates from French to “Clear Water.” Eau Claire is also known as the City of Bridges. The Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet in downtown, a location appropriately referred to as the “Confluence.” Bridges, both for cars and people walking, were needed to get from one side of the city to the other. The city is also known for its prominence in the arts.