It’s Worth Discovering Ellsworth!
Located just 30 miles from the Twin Cities, Ellsworth, Wisconsin offers a rural lifestyle with easy access to all the advantages of a big city. Serving as the county seat for Pierce County, Ellsworth is also renowned for being the “Cheese Curd Capital” of Wisconsin. Named after Civil War Colonel, Elmer E. Ellsworth, Ellsworth was platted as a village in 1862 and incorporated under the laws of Wisconsin in 1887. In 1885, the Omaha Railroad established a depot one mile east of Ellsworth and the community of East Ellsworth was formed. Ellsworth and East Ellsworth operated independently from one another for some time, but now they function as one city. Built in 1905, the Pierce County courthouse was constructed in Ellsworth for a cost of $85,000 and replicates the style of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, Ellsworth has a population of about 3,300 and is the hub of Pierce County at the intersection of four major highways (10, 63, 65 and 72). Ellsworth’s location affords it great recreational opportunities since it is near the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, state and local parks, and hiking trails and golf courses. Ellsworth also is the center of Pierce County’s 210 miles of snowmobile trails. Several nearby streams and rivers provide outstanding trout fishing. Ellsworth’s Summit Park Young Field is home to the popular Ellsworth Hubbers baseball team, and each year Ellsworth hosts the annual Cheese Curd Festival, showcasing many quality products made at the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery. Many other events throughout the year include the Ellsworth Polka Fest, Old Car Club Show, and the Pierce County Fair. It’s certainly worth making a visit to Ellsworth!