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Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Prairie du Chien

 
 
Prairie du Chien Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
1. Prairie du Chien Marker
Inscription. In prehistoric times water from melting glaciers cut a wide valley between the bluffs of the Mississippi River to form a broad flood plain. On it French explorers, traders and missionaries found a large and well-established Fox Indian village. The chief's name was Alim in Indian, Chien in French, and Dog in English.

Jonathan Carver visited the village in 1766 and called it "Dog Plain" but the residents preferred the French "Prairie du Chien." Another traveler, who could trade and fight better than he could spell, was Peter Pond. In 1773 Pond visited Prairie du Chien and wrote: "This Plane is a Very Handsum one. The Plane is Verey Smooth hear. All the traders & all the Indians of Several tribes Meat fall & Spring."

The United States Government negotiated three important treaties with the Indians here in 1825, 1829 and 1830. Most important was the council that opened August 5, 1825. In a conference that lasted fourteen days, leaders of most of the Indian tribes of the Northwest met with William Clark and Lewis Cass to establish territorial boundaries for each tribe.

Erected 1962

 
Erected 1962 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 116.)
 
Marker series. This marker
Prairie du Chien Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
2. Prairie du Chien Marker
[center of photo]
is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.972′ N, 91° 9.015′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street south of West Wisconsin Street (U.S. 18), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the tourist information center near the Mississippi River Marquette-Jolliet Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 South Main, Prairie du Chien WI 53821, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet (here, next to this marker); Jefferson Davis (approx. mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Second Fort Crawford (approx. half a mile away); Black Hawk's Surrender (approx. half a mile away); William Beaumont, M. D. (approx. half a mile away); Villa Louis (approx. 0.6 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
 
Also see . . .  Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. History. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
3. Nearby Plaque
[right of entrance doors]

Leonard Cornelius Family Park
Presented to the Citizens of Prairie du Chien by
Mayme Cornelius 1979
Regional Tourism Center image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
4. Regional Tourism Center
Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
Nearby Signs image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
5. Nearby Signs
Prairie du Chien
Wisconsin's Second Oldest Community 1673

Industry Recreation Agriculture
Wisconsin Welcomes You
Open for Business
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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