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La Crosse in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Red Cloud Park

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By Keith L, June 23, 2008
1. Red Cloud Park Marker
Inscription.  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 White Beaver (Dr. Frank Powell), who served four terms as mayor of La Crosse in the 1880's and 1890's. Dr. Powell received the name White Beaver from Sioux Chief Rocky Bear for saving the life of his daughter. He was made chief Medicine Man of the Winnebago Nation in 1876 after successfully treating Chief Wee-Noo-Sheik.
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 68.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Red Cloud Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 23, 2008
2. Red Cloud Park Marker
War, Korean. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists.
Location. 43° 49.974′ N, 91° 13.95′ W. Marker is in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is on Powell Street south of Saint Andrew Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is near the entrance to Red Cloud Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 520 Powell Street, La Crosse WI 54601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Group of Indian Mounds (approx. 0.8 miles away); Myrick Park Mounds (approx. 0.8 miles away); Losey Memorial (approx. one mile away); Sidewheel Riverboat War Eagle (approx. 1.6 miles away); Campbell Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Spence Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); La Crosse: "A Choice Town" (approx. 1.8 miles away); History of Flagpole (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Crosse.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.
Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.
July 2, 1925 • Nov 5, 1950
Carlson’s Raiders, U.S. Marine Corps., W.W. II
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By Keith L, June 23, 2008
3. Red Cloud Park
U.S. Army, Korea

"Red Cloud’s Company was entrenched beside Hill 123. Early in the morning a large enemy force bore down upon them. Red Cloud shouted a warning and started shooting. In the exchange fire, he was critically wounded, but dragged himself up and, supporting himself by a tree, continued firing and gave his company time to reorganize before he was killed." (Submitted on June 25, 2008.) 

2. Red Cloud Park. "Red Cloud Park was opened in 1953 and is located on the northside of La Crosse." (Submitted on June 25, 2008.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,917 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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