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La Crosse County Markers
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), Holmen — 235 — Luther College
The first college founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneer immigrants in the United States opened in the parsonage of Halfway Creek Lutheran congregation, Sept. 1, 1861. Teachers were Laur. Larsen and F.A. Schmidt, who also served as pastors for area immigrants. Enrollment was 16. The parsonage was destroyed by fire in 1865. The site and a marker are one-half mile west of Halfway Creek Lutheran Church on Knutson Road, near Halfway Creek Cemetery. The College moved to Decorah, Iowa, in 1862 where it continues. — Map (db m23414) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Campbell Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial
This Mortar Erected by John Flinn Post No. 77 G.A.R. May 27, 1898. Was at the Capture of Mobile, New Orleans and Vicksburg. Weight 980 lbs. — Map (db m44261) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — First Complete Service of Christian Divine Worship
This bluff (commonly called "Grandad Bluff") was the site of the first complete service of Christian Divine Worship to be conducted in La Crosse. The Reverend Father James Lloyd Breck and his company of pioneer missionaries, on the morning of June Twenty-Third, the Fourth Sunday after Trinity, Eighteen Hundred Fifty, climbed to the top of the bluff and celebrated the Holy Eucharist in accordance with the book of common prayer. This commemorative marker dedicated on the one hundred . . . — Map (db m16558) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — German Methodist Episcopal Churchesof Chipmunk Coulee
In the mid 1800's immigrants from Bohemia and Germany began to settle the Chipmunk Coulee area. Some of the early settlers were the Belling, Bendel, Hiekel, Herold, Kunerth, Lorenz, Meyer, Neumann, Paudler, Preidel, Ringel, Ritschel, Starch, Tietze and Werner families. In 1862 a log cabin "mission church" was built and the cemetery was established. In 1875 a second church was built within the cemetery. In 1903 a third church was built on this site and services were held until about 1940. . . . — Map (db m9059) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — History of FlagpoleGrandad Bluff Flag
In February 1941, during World War II, the Reserve Officers Association organized the population of the La Crosse area to erect a flagpole high atop Grandad Bluff - 600 feet above the city. Children in all public and parochial schools, as well as students attending Western Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, donated their pennies, nickels, and dimes toward the project. The original 65-foot flagpole stood over 40 years through World War II, the Korean . . . — Map (db m28830) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Losey MemorialJoseph W. Losey
He found this cemetery neglected and desolate. He transformed it into a place of charm and beauty. He made the wilderness to blossom as the rose. To commemorate the character and virtues of one who endeared himself to all by an unbroken record of private charities and unselfish public services, this memorial is erected by citizens of La Crosse. A.D. 1901 — Map (db m16461) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 296 — Major General C.C. Washburn
Cadwallader Colden Washburn was born in Maine in 1818. He settled in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in 1839 and served in Congress before moving to La Crosse. When the Civil War broke out, Washburn organized the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry Regiment and became its colonel. Washburn's ability and political influence marked him for advancement. He served with distinction throughout the war. He commanded the Military District of Western Tennessee by 1865, and he was one of only two . . . — Map (db m15505) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Original Home Built By Gottlieb and Johanna Heileman
This is the original Heileman family mansion. It was built on land purchased by Gottlieb Heileman in 1870. As was the custom of the day, Heileman located the new home as closely as possible to the Brewery which he had founded. The German craftsmen who had just completed work on the old Saint Joseph's Cathedral (which was at that time an ethnic German Parish) are said to have been employed in its building. The architecture is similar to that of substantial homes which the . . . — Map (db m26173) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel
This property Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Historic Site City of La Crosse Chapel of Blessed Virgin of Seven Dolors 1891 — Map (db m37179) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 68 — Red Cloud Park
This park, on the site of a Winnebago village, commemorates an heroic descendant of those people, Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. Fighting in Korea in 1950 as a member of the 24th Army Division, Corporal Red Cloud bravely held off an enemy attack with machine gun fire until his death, thereby saving the lives of many of his comrades. Posthumously he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Part of this area once was owned by "Buffalo Bill" Cody, famous frontier scout, and his friend . . . — Map (db m8534) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Sidewheel Riverboat War EagleHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Type: Wooden sidewheel riverboat Built: 1854, Fulton, Ohio Sank: May 14, 1870 Length: 219’ Beam: 29’ Cargoes: Mail, package freight, passengers, troops Propulsion: Paddlewheel Depth of Wreckage: 10’ Determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places Just up the Black River from this point lie the remains of the sidewheel riverboat War Eagle. Built in Fulton, Ohio, in 1854, she boasted 46 staterooms, fine velvet carpets, luxurious furniture, and onboard . . . — Map (db m83772) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 242 — Spence Park
Because of the fertile soil and lush woodlands on the river shores, the Winnebago Indians settled in this area in 1772. Sixty years later they ceded these lands to the U.S. Government. In 1842, Nathan Myrick, the first white settler in La Crosse, built his log cabin and trading post on this site. It was designated a public boat landing in 1851. This was the most strategic Mississippi River port on the western boundary of Wisconsin. Boats traveling north and south docked here, and wagons . . . — Map (db m8538) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 209 — The Coulee Region
Coulee is a term derived from the French verb "couler," meaning to flow. The area before you and in the entire coulee region of west central Wisconsin has been dissected by water erosion into a series of narrow ridges separated by steep-sided valleys called coulees. Fertile soils are farmed on the bottom and sides of coulees. The narrow ridges, often protected with woodlands, are capped by erosion resistant dolomite bedrock which commonly overlies sandstone. During formation of the coulees, . . . — Map (db m33420) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 264 — The Upper Mississippi
From Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois, the upper Mississippi River flows through America's heartland for over 1100 miles. Its currents have borne the Indian's canoe, the explorer's dugout, and the trader's packet. Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, and Zebulon Pike tested its strength. Mark Twain gave it life in literature. Paddle-wheelers by the hundreds ferried lesser-known passengers over its waters during the halcyon days of steamboating in the 19th century. Into the Great River . . . — Map (db m15594) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 267 — The Valley View Site
This is the location of a village occupied between 1000 and 1200 by the Oneota, ancestors of the Winnebago and Ioway. The village site was chosen by the Oneota to make the best use of the area for farming, fishing, hunting, transportation, and defense. The village was surrounded by a stockade and inhabited by 50 to 100 people. It was excavated in 1979 by archaeologists and students from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. — Map (db m15402) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), Mindoro — 79 — The Mindoro Cut
This cut, located at the highest point on state highway 108 between Mindoro and West Salem, is 74 feet deep and 25 feet wide. It was hand-hewn out of hard rock in 1907-08. All work was completed with only horse-drawn equipment and hand tools. As far as known it is the second largest hand-hewn cut in the nation. — Map (db m23677) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), New Amsterdam — 350 — The McGilvray "Seven Bridges Road"
In the early 1850s Scottish immigrant Alexander McGilvray established a small settlement and ferry service, both known as "McGilvray's Ferry," along the Black River. For the next forty years the ferry made seasonal river crossings despite frequent log jams. Local citizens repeatedly petitioned for a more dependable means to cross the river, and in 1892 La Crosse County erected the first in a series of wooden bridges on McGilvray Road. Unfortunately, the river's marshy waters and frequent floods . . . — Map (db m54581) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), Rockland — 272 — The Driftless Area
Several times during the ice ages, glaciers flowed out of Canada, sometimes reaching as far south as the Ohio and Missouri rivers. During recent glaciations, southwestern Wisconsin was untouched, because the glaciers were diverted to the east or west by the highlands of north-central Wisconsin and northwestern Michigan. Here, in the Driftless Area, you see a rugged landscape with deep valleys and rocky crags. Much of the Midwest would look like this today if it had not been glaciated, but . . . — Map (db m24032) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), West Salem — 100 — Hamlin Garland1860 – 1940
"A Son of the Middle Border" is buried here with his wife and pioneer parents. — Map (db m8913) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), West Salem — 101 — Hamlin Garland
Gifted author of this region, Hamlin Garland was born at West Salem September 14, 1860, and died March 4, 1940. His ashes rest in the Garland family plot in Neshonoc cemetery, heart of the Coulee Country immortalized in his books, “Trailmakers of the Middle Border,” “A Son of the Middle Border,” “A Daughter of the Middle Border,” and “Backtrailers from the Middle Border.” These biographical novels depict the pioneer life of his forefathers, the . . . — Map (db m8918) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), West Salem — 349 — Village of Neshonoc
The nearby limestone grist mill and dam are the remnants of what once was a mid-19th century village located at this site. Vermont millwright and speculator Monroe Palmer purchased fifteen acres of land on the La Crosse River and constructed the dam and mill in 1852. Three years later, Palmer hired a surveyor to plat a village of eighteen blocks and 147 lots, which he called "Neshonoc," after the Ho-Chunk name for this place. Neshonoc was considered for the La Crosse County seat and a La Crosse . . . — Map (db m23417) HM
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