The Spirit of the St. Croix
Nestled between the picturesque St. Croix River and the bluffs of Western Wisconsin, Hudson maintains its quaint river-town charm while being one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. Founded in the summer of 1840 by Louis Massey and Pete Bouchea, the settlement was originally known as Willow River, then Buena Vista, and finally, Hudson—so named by its first mayor, Alfred Day, because of his impression of the similarity between the bluffs and the Hudson River in his native New York.
Located just across the St. Croix River only 20 minutes’ drive east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Hudson is the gateway into The Badger State. The residents of Hudson treasure this beauty and the architectural quality of their town, and have succeeded in listing many downtown buildings on the National Register of Historic Places—all of which are pointed out on The Historic Walking Tour. Also, Hudson’s clean environment and healthy lifestyle is reflected in the endless array of outdoor activities a visitor may find here that include golfing, boating, cross-country skiing, snow-tubing, biking and fishing. Hudson’s Phipps Center for the Arts serves as a strong anchor for an exciting cultural life and Hudson’s many specialty shops, antique stores, fine restaurants, historic B&Bs and other visitor amenities make it a “must see” destination-point for a day, a week or a lifetime!