According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of River Falls population was an even 15,000. Over the winter the state Department of Transportation installed three new signs to reflect that figure around River Falls. The one above is on Hwy. 29/35 on the way in from Prescott. Street Supervisor Terry Kusilek said the city may acquire two more population signs -- one for state Hwy. 29 east and one for state Hwy. 35N. A 2000 population sign west of the city on County Road MM will likely be removed and not replaced. City Clerk Lu Ann Hecht reports the latest estimate for the River Falls population in October 2011 was 15,038. According to local historian Dan Geister, whose blog appears regularly on the Journal’s website, in 1860 River Falls had a population of 317. By 1900 it was 2,041. The population dropped in 1910, 100 years ago, to 2,024. But growth would return. Fifty years later, in 1960, the population was up to 4,857. By 1990 it had topped 10,000.
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