La Crosse in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
History of Flagpole
Grandad 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 War and the Vietnam War and was replaced by a 75-foot flagpole in 1981. A lightning strike in 1984 destroyed the base of the flagpole and the remaining undamaged part of the pole was reinstalled in Copeland Park near the railroad exhibit.
On July 4, 1984 the third flagpole was dedicated at the Grandad Bluff site. On Nov. 10, 1998 a 93 mph wind gust blew over the flagpole, destroying it.
On March 17, 1999 a 70-foot fourth flagpole was erected. On March 23, 1999 as the new 12 x 18 foot flag was raised, an adult Bald Eagle, the symbol of our nation, soared overhead.
Let us honor those men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States to preserve our liberty and freedom. To those who died in war and to those who made it home... we owe a great debt of gratitude... the nation will never forget you.
Erected 1999 by William and Louise Bruring.
Location. 43° 48.743′ N, 91° 12.655′ W. Marker is in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker can be reached from Grandad Bluff Road one mile west of Bliss Road. Touch for map. Marker is beyond the Grandad Bluff parking lot, attached to the south side of the shelter house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Main Street, La Crosse WI 54601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Complete Service of Christian Divine Worship (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Losey Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Red Cloud Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Spence Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Original Home Built By Gottlieb and Johanna Heileman (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sidewheel Riverboat War Eagle (approx. 2.3 miles away); Campbell Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Crosse.
Also see . . . Grandad Bluff Park (Submitted on March 20, 2010.)
Categories. • 20th Century •
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