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River Falls is a city in Pierce and St. Croix counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is located mostly within the Town of River Falls in Pierce County; a small portion lies within the Town of Kinnickinnic in St. Croix County. River Falls is the most populous city in Pierce county. The population was 15,000 at the 2010 census, with 11,851 residing in Pierce County, and 3,149 in St. Croix County. It is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.River Falls is the home of the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.GeographyRiver Falls is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.60sqmi, of which, 6.52sqmi is land and 0.08sqmi is water.River Falls lies on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River, a class one trout stream. The South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River runs through the city, dividing the campus of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls into two sections.HistoryThe city's first settlers were Joel Foster and his indentured servant, Dick, in the year 1848. The original village was started as the village of Kinnickinnic in 1854 by brothers Nathaniel N. and Oliver S. Powell who were from St. Lawrence County, New York. At the time, the town and village were also known as "Greenwood" but this was changed, as another Greenwood, Wisconsin already existed. The present name is for the rapids on the Kinnickinnic River.
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