La Crosse in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This was the most strategic Mississippi River port on the western boundary of Wisconsin. Boats traveling north and south docked here, and wagons traveling west crossed the river on ferries from this place. La Crosse thus became known as the Gateway City.
The Indians made this a neutral ground and met on the prairie east of here only in peace, and competed in athletic contests. Their most notable game was la crosse, from which the city derived its name.
In 1903 the city named this park for Thomas H. Spence, a pioneer businessman and civic leader, who gave this land to the people.
Erected 1978 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 242.)
Marker series. This marker Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 48.891′ N, 91° 15.285′ W. Marker is in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and Front Street North, on the right when traveling west on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Crosse WI 54601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sidewheel Riverboat War Eagle (approx. ¼ mile away); Original Home Built By Gottlieb and Johanna Heileman (approx. ¾ mile away); Losey Memorial (approx. one mile away); Myrick Park Mounds (approx. 1.6 miles away); Group of Indian Mounds (approx. 1.6 miles away); Red Cloud Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel (approx. 2 miles away); The Driftless Area of Wisconsin (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Crosse.
Also see . . . Historic Downtown La Crosse. (Submitted on June 25, 2008.)
Additional keywords. Riverside Park
Categories. • Native Americans • Peace • Settlements & Settlers • Sports • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,547 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.