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Haunted Place: The Stone's Throw Entertainment Center

ADDRESS:

The Stone's Throw Entertainment Center
304 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire, Wisconsin   54701

LOCATION:

The Stone's Throw is located in Eau Claire, on the corner of Eau Claire Street and Barstow Street in down town Eau Claire. It is tricky to get to, because of the one way streets, so use a detailed map or a web site like mapquest.com.

DESCRIPTION:

The Stone's Throw Entertainment Center is located in one of the most stunningly beautiful buildings in Eau Claire, with beautiful stained glass windows, lovely woodwork, having an aura of another era.

This turn of the century, three story, basement & attic stone and brick building  houses an upscale bar, a restaurant, a stage for a variety of musical venues, a mezzanine and offices. The inside of this handsome place has some lovely wood and wood-trimmed accents. They claim that they are Western Wisconsin's best in-house PA system, which is probably true, seeing the number and variety of musical groups who perform here, not to mention the music festivals who schedule their events here. It is true that "The Stones Throw welcomes seasoned acts as well as newer, up-and-coming bands of all musical genres," who play original music, providing the public some fine music for a reasonable price.

HISTORY:

This building is one of the oldest standing structures in the city of Eau Claire.  Owners throughout the years have taken good care of the building, never letting it fall into disrepair. It has been some kind of a bar and eatery with entertainment for most of its existence, starting out as a blues and jazz club in the early 1900s, playing original music. This historically popular waterhole offered original entertainment, great food and a choice of alcoholic beverages, all at an affordable price.

The Stones Throw Club was started in 1985 by Frank Stone, who decided to build on the live music tradition started so long ago, booking local bands and musicians. In 2001, Steve Anderson broadened the live music choices with the goal of bringing to the people of the Chippewa Valley a piece of the twin cities' music scene, so people wouldn't have to travel an hour and a half to hear great, original music. He probably invested in improving the sound system. He built the variety of musical groups, making The Stone's Throw a place with a large selection of music genres, thanks to not only local bands and musicians but from groups outside this region.

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HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:

The story is that some depressed soul killed himself in this building by hanging himself sometime during the early part of the 1900s.

MANIFESTATIONS:

This still unhappy entity finds some solace in the bar located in the basement.

All employees past and present give eye-witness accounts of paranormal occurrences.

Foot steps are heard in the hallways of the old kitchen in the basement.

This entity has been known to get his chuckles by throwing beer bottles across the bar, or breaks them.

Objects are borrowed and disappear or wind up  in odd places.

Doors open and shut without help from the living or the wind.

This entity has appeared as a fully solid apparition.

When the bar was empty of the living at closing time, the bartender one evening asked everyone to leave, as a joke, perhaps thinking of the entity which was supposed to haunt the place.   He suddenly saw a solid apparition of a man, appear sitting at a table. This entity stood up, shook out his coat and walked toward the exit, melting into thin air, scaring the heck out of the bartender.

STILL HAUNTED?

Yes indeed!

The number of witness accounts point to some entity, while unhappy in life, finds some solace hanging around the bar and listening to the music.

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Sources include:

thestonesthrow.com
hauntedwi.com * chippewavalleybusinessreport.com

THE WISCONSIN ROAD GUIDE TO HAUNTED LOCATIONS,
by Chad Lewis & Terry Fisk
pages 54-55
Research Publishing Company
2004

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