Near Genoa in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor
The Allis-Chalmers Company of West Allis began constructing the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor in 1963.
On July 11, 1967, at 7:39 p.m., the reactor achieved its first sustained chain reaction, ushering both Wisconsin and cooperative electrification into the nuclear age. The reactor attained full-powered operation on August 1, 1969. After several modifications and tests, inspectors declared the reactor commercially operational on February 1, 1971, with a rated capacity of 50 megawatts.
Dairyland acquired full ownership of the facility from the AEC in August 1973, but ceased reactor operations on April 30, 1987, due to economic conditions. Dairyland currently operates a coal-fired power plant on this site.
Erected 2008 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 223.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Genoa WI 54632, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dams on the Mississippi (here, next to this marker); Site of Red Bird's Village (approx. 3.8 miles away); Black Hawks Outpost (approx. 7.3 miles away); Battle of Bad Axe (approx. 7.7 miles away); Black Hawk War (approx. 7.7 miles away); Head of Battle Isle (approx. 7.7 miles away); Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail (approx. 9.6 miles away); Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder (approx. 9.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This historical marker memorializing Wisconsin's entry into the nuclear age was constructed about a half a mile north of the original marker. The previous marker was located on private property of the Dairyland Power Cooperative and, due to increased security requirements of having a closed nuclear plant, was no longer accessible to the public. At the request of the Mississippi River Parkyway Commission, Dairyland paid for and installed this new marker, with updated text.
Also see . . .
1. Dairyland Power Cooperative History. (Submitted on October 15, 2009.)
2. Photo of the crew erecting the marker. The original 1976 marker was located at the power plant. This 2008 marker at this new location resolved security concerns associated with having a public-access marker on Dairyland property. Dairyland paid for the new marker, supplied the construction materials and erected it in 2009. (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 862 times since then. Last updated on October 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.