“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Villa Louis

Villa Louis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, circa April 1967
1. Villa Louis Marker
Inscription. On the site of old Fort Crawford, Col. Hercules Louis Dousman, important agent in John J. Astor's fur company, built his "house on the mound" in 1843. Later it was named Villa Louis. Today this luxurious mansion appears much as it did in the days when it was a brilliant center of social activity, even while the pioneer lived side by side with the Indians.
Erected 1953 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 10.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 43° 3.39′ N, 91° 9.463′ W. Marker was in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker was on North Villa Louis Road north of Bolvin Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 521 North Villa Louis Road, Prairie du Chien WI 53821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this location, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Villa Louis (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx.
Villa Louis image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
2. Villa Louis
0.6 miles away); Prairie du Chien (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away); L'ancien Cimetiere Francais (approx. one mile away); Site of the Second Fort Crawford (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
More about this marker. This original 1953 marker was replaced with a revised 2002 two-sided marker with the same title.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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