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

Site of the Second Fort Crawford

1829 – 1856

 
 
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
1. Site of the Second Fort Crawford Marker
Inscription. The first Fort Crawford was built in 1816, and stood on the site now occupied by the "Villa Louis." After a decade of Mississippi River flooding, the U. S. Army relocated Fort Crawford to this site, constructing the new fort of locally quarried limestone. Under construction from 1829-1834, the fort included housing for eight companies of soldiers and their officers. The army added a separate surgeon's quarters and military hospital. The soldiers built the fort while on fatigue duty but were often called away from the construction to settle Indian disputes. In 1825, 1829, and 1830 important Indian treaties were negotiated at the first and second Fort Crawford. Here, on August 27, 1832, Sauk Indian leader Black Hawk surrendered, ending the Black Hawk War. Colonel Zachary Taylor, Colonel Willoughby Morgan, Lt. Jefferson Davis, and Dr. William Beaumont served at Fort Crawford in the 1830s. The Fort Crawford Hospital was partially reconstructed by WPA workers in honor of Dr. William Beaumont, renowned for his pioneer experiments in human digestion.

Erected 1999

 
Erected 1999 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 432.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Black Hawk War, the National Historic Landmarks, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
2. Site of the Second Fort Crawford Marker
marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.565′ N, 91° 8.818′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is on West Rice Street west of South Beaumont Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the Fort Crawford Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien WI 53821, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Hawk's Surrender (a few steps from this marker); William Beaumont, M. D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson Davis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet (approx. half a mile away); Prairie du Chien (approx. half a mile away); Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Villa Louis (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Crawford Museum. History. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Bench Plaque
Three of the four bench plaques are shown. The plaque on the fourth bench is missing.
    — Submitted June 19, 2011, by
Nearby Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
3. Nearby Cannon
Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
Cannon by Four Benches image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
4. Cannon by Four Benches
Plaque on Bench image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
5. Plaque on Bench
In Honor of the Doctors Pomainville who have cared for the people of Wisconsin Rapids since 1899 F.X. Pomainville, M.D. 1871-1958 George Pomainville, M.D. 1880-1943 Francis Pomainville, M.D. 1902-1944 L.C. Pomainville, M.D. 1907- Harold G. Pomainville, M.D. 1907- Presented by L.C. Pomainville, M.D. 1973
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
6. Plaque on Bench
Presented by The State Medical Society of Wisconsin Auxiliary In honor of the women who have served as its Presidents 1973
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By Keith L, June 18, 2011
7. Plaque on Bench
In Honor of George W. Krahn, M.D. 1888-1952 Oconto Falls Presented by Leigh Krahn Behnke and George A. Behnke, M.D. 1976
 
 
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 735 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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