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The name Porters for our restaurant was derived from the saw mills. The workers working in the saw mills had built the foundation of Eau Claire. There were 5 saw mills in Eau Claire. Porterâ€™s Mills was located just south of Eau Claire off HWY 37 before you get to Caryville. A sawmill was built there in 1863, along with one house for the workers. By 1867, the town had a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, boarding house, small store and office, lodging house, ice house, stables, granary and 11 ...