“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

La Crosse County Wisconsin Historical Markers

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By Keith L, October 7, 2009
Luther College Marker
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), Holmen — 235 — Luther College
The first college founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneer immigrants in the United States opened in the parsonage of Halfway Creek Lutheran congregation, Sept. 1, 1861. Teachers were Laur. Larsen and F.A. Schmidt, who also served as pastors for area . . . — Map (db m23414) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Campbell Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial
This Mortar Erected by John Flinn Post No. 77 G.A.R. May 27, 1898. Was at the Capture of Mobile, New Orleans and Vicksburg. Weight 980 lbs. — Map (db m44261) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — First Complete Service of Christian Divine Worship
This bluff (commonly called "Grandad Bluff") was the site of the first complete service of Christian Divine Worship to be conducted in La Crosse. The Reverend Father James Lloyd Breck and his company of pioneer missionaries, on the morning of June . . . — Map (db m16558) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — German Methodist Episcopal Churchesof Chipmunk Coulee
In the mid 1800's immigrants from Bohemia and Germany began to settle the Chipmunk Coulee area. Some of the early settlers were the Belling, Bendel, Hiekel, Herold, Kunerth, Lorenz, Meyer, Neumann, Paudler, Preidel, Ringel, Ritschel, Starch, Tietze . . . — Map (db m9059) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Group of Indian Mounds
The Effigy is that of the Turtle Clan Two of the Burial Mounds have been Restored. — Map (db m141965) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — History of FlagpoleGrandad 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 . . . — Map (db m28830) WM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — La Crosse: "A Choice Town"
Human settlement is usually driven by the geography and resources of any particular region. The earliest people to occupy the La Crosse area were the Paleoindian big-game hunters, some 13,500 to 11,000 years ago. They and their descendants - . . . — Map (db m141774) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Losey MemorialJoseph W. Losey
He found this cemetery neglected and desolate. He transformed it into a place of charm and beauty. He made the wilderness to blossom as the rose. To commemorate the character and virtues of one who endeared himself to all by an unbroken record . . . — Map (db m16461) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 296 — Major General C.C. Washburn
Cadwallader Colden Washburn was born in Maine in 1818. He settled in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in 1839 and served in Congress before moving to La Crosse. When the Civil War broke out, Washburn organized the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry . . . — Map (db m15505) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Myrick Park Mounds
This reproduction of an 1883 map shows the relative location of four mounds at that time. The two mounds that have been destroyed are shown in the outline.

These two mounds a round mound and a mound in the shape (or effigy) of an animal, . . . — Map (db m141968) HM

Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Original Home Built By Gottlieb and Johanna Heileman
This is the original Heileman family mansion. It was built on land purchased by Gottlieb Heileman in 1870. As was the custom of the day, Heileman located the new home as closely as possible to the Brewery which he had founded. The German . . . — Map (db m26173) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel
This property Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Historic Site City of La Crosse . . . — Map (db m37179) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Quarrying the Bluffs of La Crosse
Following several devastating downtown fires between 1857 and 1867, the city of La Crosse established local "fire Limits." These required that new buildings be constructed of stone or brick, so quarries began to spring up on the bluffs. The . . . — Map (db m141957) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 68 — Red Cloud Park
This park, on the site of a Winnebago village, commemorates an heroic descendant of those people, Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. Fighting in Korea in 1950 as a member of the 24th Army Division, Corporal Red Cloud bravely held off an enemy attack . . . — Map (db m8534) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — Sidewheel Riverboat War EagleHistoric Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails —
Type: Wooden sidewheel riverboat Built: 1854, Fulton, Ohio Sank: May 14, 1870 Length: 219’ Beam: 29’ Cargoes: Mail, package freight, passengers, troops Propulsion: Paddlewheel Depth of Wreckage: 10’ Determined Eligible for National . . . — Map (db m83772) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 242 — Spence Park
Because of the fertile soil and lush woodlands on the river shores, the Winnebago Indians settled in this area in 1772. Sixty years later they ceded these lands to the U.S. Government. In 1842, Nathan Myrick, the first white settler in La Crosse, . . . — Map (db m8538) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 209 — The Coulee Region
Coulee is a term derived from the French verb "couler," meaning to flow. The area before you and in the entire coulee region of west central Wisconsin has been dissected by water erosion into a series of narrow ridges separated by steep-sided . . . — Map (db m33420) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — The Driftless Area of Wisconsin
Casting a glance up and down the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River Valley from Grandad Bluff, you can see a portion of the geological region called the Driftless Area. Its ridge and valley topography is both beautiful and distinct: there . . . — Map (db m141950) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 264 — The Upper Mississippi
From Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois, the upper Mississippi River flows through America's heartland for over 1100 miles. Its currents have borne the Indian's canoe, the explorer's dugout, and the trader's packet. Jacques Marquette, Louis . . . — Map (db m15594) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), La Crosse — 267 — The Valley View Site
This is the location of a village occupied between 1000 and 1200 by the Oneota, ancestors of the Winnebago and Ioway. The village site was chosen by the Oneota to make the best use of the area for farming, fishing, hunting, transportation, and . . . — Map (db m15402) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), Mindoro — 79 — The Mindoro Cut
This cut, located at the highest point on state highway 108 between Mindoro and West Salem, is 74 feet deep and 25 feet wide. It was hand-hewn out of hard rock in 1907-08. All work was completed with only horse-drawn equipment and hand tools. As far . . . — Map (db m23677) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), New Amsterdam — 350 — The McGilvray "Seven Bridges Road"
In the early 1850s Scottish immigrant Alexander McGilvray established a small settlement and ferry service, both known as "McGilvray's Ferry," along the Black River. For the next forty years the ferry made seasonal river crossings despite frequent . . . — Map (db m54581) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), Rockland — 272 — The Driftless Area
Several times during the ice ages, glaciers flowed out of Canada, sometimes reaching as far south as the Ohio and Missouri rivers. During recent glaciations, southwestern Wisconsin was untouched, because the glaciers were diverted to the east or . . . — Map (db m24032) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), West Salem — 100 — Hamlin Garland1860 – 1940
"A Son of the Middle Border" is buried here with his wife and pioneer parents. — Map (db m8913) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), West Salem — 101 — Hamlin Garland
Gifted author of this region, Hamlin Garland was born at West Salem September 14, 1860, and died March 4, 1940. His ashes rest in the Garland family plot in Neshonoc cemetery, heart of the Coulee Country immortalized in his books, “Trailmakers . . . — Map (db m8918) HM
Wisconsin (La Crosse County), West Salem — 349 — Village of Neshonoc
The nearby limestone grist mill and dam are the remnants of what once was a mid-19th century village located at this site. Vermont millwright and speculator Monroe Palmer purchased fifteen acres of land on the La Crosse River and constructed the dam . . . — Map (db m23417) HM

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