Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
H. Louis Dousman built the Villa Louis as the centerpiece of a country estate that reflected the family's status. For a time the estate operated as the Artesian Stock Farm, breeding and raising fine standard bred trotting horses for harness racing. Amid the thick of Victorian-era pomp in 1885, Dousman and his wife Nina redecorated the house in British Arts and Crafts splendor. The Dousmans left the estate in 1913 and its luster waned over time until the Wisconsin Historical Society took ownership of the property in 1952 and eventually returned the magnificent home to its 1890s heyday.
Erected 2002 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 474.)
Marker series. This National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 3.389′ N, 91° 9.463′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is on North Villa Louis Road north of Bolvin Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx. 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); Black Hawk's Surrender (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
More about this marker. The original 1953 marker (#10) was replaced with this revised 2002 marker.
Also see . . .
1. Villa Louis. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 24, 2009.)
2. Wisconsin National Register Full Record View. (Submitted on October 24, 2009.)
1. Previous marker
There was an older marker with different text at this same location before the current marker replaced it. I don't know why it was changed.
I asked the park director if I could photo the other marker and he was nice enough to haul it out of a shed for me. He commented that we marker searchers were a "persistent bunch".
— Submitted August 12, 2017, by Steve Chizzo of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,123 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 17, 2012, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.