Elmwood is a community of 841 people (per the 2000 census) and growing in Northeastern Pierce County in
Western Wisconsin. Considered to be part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, it is nestled in a
valley between the steep hills and bluffs, formed by the Eau Galle River and Cady Creek.
Surrounding communities within 55 miles include the Twin Cities, Hudson, Menomonie, Eau Claire,
Ellsworth, River Falls, Plum City, and Spring Valley.
Elmwood has its own school district K-12, churches, restaurants, medical clinic, library, drug store,
convenience store, automobile dealership, bank, and many other small businesses. Elmwood also has an
industrial park on the west side of town, which currently has three industries and is expanding.
Elmwood has it own Police, Fire, and Rescue services.
Elmwood came to life in the 1870's. Lumbering was the major industry, as giant hardwoods and elm
trees covered the land around Norwegian Hill. Many logging camps and mills sprung up in the area.
The first saw mill was located on scenic Cady Creek. The industry's success was due in part to the
deep and swift Eau Galle River.
A log house stands as a reminder our heritage. It was built by Otis Hutchins in 1870, and you'll
find it across the street from Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Public Street.
About 100 years later, several well-documented and substantiated UFO sightings in the late 1970's drew
worldwide attention to our coulee. The media soon dubbed us "the UFO capitol of the world," so we
decided to have some fun with it. During the last weekend in July, Elmwood residents and guests
celebrate "UFO Days." Activities include street dances, sidewalk and thrift sales, softball,
horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, ball games for the kids, a medallion hunt, queen's coronation,
beer and food tents featuring the famous "UFO Burgers", a grand parade, and a "cow-chip throwing"
contest at the conclusion of the festivities.
You'll find a variety of businesses to make your visit enjoyable. Downtown merchants offer souvenir
gifts, good food, lodging, liquor, and full service gas. You can find answers to your questions at
the Elmwood Public Library, Village Office, or the Elmwood Police Department all located in the historic
Auditorium Building at 323 Winter Avenue.
Nestled in the hills at the corner of May and Public streets is our beautiful Butternut Park.
You'll find a campground, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, horseshoe pit, baseball field,
newly upgraded playground equipment, hiking, ski, and snowmobile trails, picnic shelters, and restrooms.
Camping is on a first come, first-served basis, payment may be made in the drop box located in the camping area.
Elmwood, Wisconsin. A scenic stop on the road less traveled.