Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Prairie du Chien
Jonathan Carver visited the village in 1766 and called it "Dog Plain" but the residents preferred the French "Prairie du Chien." Another traveler, who could trade and fight better than he could spell, was Peter Pond. In 1773 Pond visited Prairie du Chien and wrote: "This Plane is a Very Handsum one. The Plane is Verey Smooth hear. All the traders & all the Indians of Several tribes Meat fall & Spring."
The United States Government negotiated three important treaties with the Indians here in 1825, 1829 and 1830. Most important was the council that opened August 5, 1825. In a conference that lasted fourteen days, leaders of most of the Indian tribes of the Northwest met with William Clark and Lewis Cass to establish territorial boundaries for each tribe.
Erected 1962 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 116.)
Marker series. This marker Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 2.972′ N, 91° 9.015′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street south of West Wisconsin Street (U.S. 18), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the tourist information center near the Mississippi River Marquette-Jolliet Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 South Main, Prairie du Chien WI 53821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet (here, next to this marker); Jefferson Davis (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Second Fort Crawford (approx. half a mile away); Museum of Medical Progress (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Black Hawk's Surrender (approx. half a mile away); William Beaumont, M. D. (approx. half a mile away); Villa Louis (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
Also see . . . Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. History. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.