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Historical Markers and War Memorials in La Crosse County, Wisconsin

Clickable Map of La Crosse County, Wisconsin and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> La Crosse County, WI (60) Jackson County, WI (26) Monroe County, WI (20) Trempealeau County, WI (16) Vernon County, WI (27) Houston County, MN (3) Winona County, MN (22)  LaCrosseCounty(60) La Crosse County (60)  JacksonCounty(26) Jackson County (26)  MonroeCounty(20) Monroe County (20)  TrempealeauCounty(16) Trempealeau County (16)  VernonCounty(27) Vernon County (27)  HoustonCountyMinnesota(3) Houston County (3)  WinonaCounty(22) Winona County (22)
La Crosse is the county seat for La Crosse County
Adjacent to La Crosse County, Wisconsin
      Jackson County (26)  
      Monroe County (20)  
      Trempealeau County (16)  
      Vernon County (27)  
      Houston County, Minnesota (3)  
      Winona County, Minnesota (22)  
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1 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, French Island — Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway
A living memorial to and in honor of all Wisconsin veterans, living and dead, of all wars in which the United States of America has engaged. Color guard of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment with Old Abe at Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863 . . . Map (db m162295) HM WM
2 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, Holmen — Half Way Creek Parsonage Site
Here Luther College Decorah Iowa was conducted during its first year 1861    1862 in the Half Way Creek Parsonage which was later destroyed by fireMap (db m183053) HM
3 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 m178493) HM
4 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — "Get into the game!"
For Coach Walter, "Babe," Weigent this common refrain was not just about football, but about the game of life. A towering figure in La Crosse athletics, Babe encouraged his players to make the most of every opportunity that came their way: work . . . Map (db m185900) HM
5 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — A Legend in His Own Time: Dr D. Franklin Powell, or "White Beaver"
Dr. D. Franklin "Doc" Powell was indisputably one of La Crosse's most flamboyant residents of the late 19th century. He was a tall, handsome man with an imposing bearing, said to be both gentleman and scoundrel, a "man for the people" and an . . . Map (db m185919) HM
6 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 8 — 10th and Jackson — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
The drinking establishment on this corner was built by Jacob Ahrens in 1889 and sold to the Bartl Brew House in 1890. Henry Appel sold the grocery and saloon he built in 1885 on the opposite corner at 1002 Jackson Street to the Heileman Brewing Co. . . . Map (db m185922) HM
7 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 9 — 11th and Cameron — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
Aquinas High School at 315 South 11th Street was built to replace the two-year Catholic high school begun at Holy Trinity in 1916. Aquinas was designed by local architects Parkinson and Dockendorff in an English Gothic style. It was dedicated . . . Map (db m185930) HM
8 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 10 — 12th and La Crosse — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
Concordia Hall, built in 1891 by the Concordia Singing Society, and the Eagle Brewery, built in 1885 on the northeast corner of 12th and La Crosse Streets, served as the gathering place for the German Americans of the Goosetown neighborhood. The . . . Map (db m185914) HM
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9 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 11 — 15th and Madison — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
The construction of Central High School on this site began in 1905 following spirited protests from various community groups. This Classical Revival style school was closed in 1967 when the new high school was completed. Weigent Park was created . . . Map (db m185905) HM
10 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 12 — 15th and Winnebago — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
The Colton Mission Chapel at 1502 Winnebago Street, built by the First Baptist Church in 1893, was used by the Norwegian Evangelical Free Church from 1918 until the 1940's. The Norwegian Methodist Evangelical Church, built at 1503 Winnebago Street . . . Map (db m185929) HM
11 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 13 — 16th and State — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
Morris Hall was built as a campus school for training teachers in 1939. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. La Crosse Senator Thomas Morris pushed legislation through the State Legislature in 1905 to authorize a Normal . . . Map (db m185912) HM
12 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 16 — 23rd and Green Bay — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
The United States Naval Reserve was organized in La Crosse in 1946. This Navy training center was commissioned by Rear Admiral J. Cary Jones on December 14, 1949. Reservists from southwestern Wisconsin, northern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota meet . . . Map (db m237383) HM
13 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 3 — 4th and Main — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
La Crosse was established as a commercial center when Nathan Myrick set up his fur trading post on Barron's Island in 1841. The La Crosse Commercial Historic District represents the city's architectural development from the 1860's to 1940. It was . . . Map (db m212332) HM
14 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 4 — 6th and Hood — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
The Centennial Summer Beer Garden, Saloon, Bowling Alley and Dance Hall, established here by German immigrant Peter Lehnen, served the surrounding German and Bohemian neighborhood from 1876 until the Prohibition era. The Centennial Garden site now . . . Map (db m213075) HM
15 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 6 — 8th and King — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
Methodist missionary and circuit-riding preachers served the community until the First Methodist Church was organized in 1852. The Methodist congregation moved from South 4th Street to this Romanesque Revival style church in 1886. They merged with . . . Map (db m185931) HM
16 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 7 — 9th and Ferry — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
Lincoln School was built at 8th and Ferry Streets in 1924 on the site where the city's first public school, the Third Ward School, was erected in 1855. Lincoln's innovative design grouped first floor kindergarten and elementary rooms and upper floor . . . Map (db m185928) HM
17 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
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18 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Concordia Hall1891
Home of "Concordia" Benevolent Aid Society Founded 1870 Historic Site City of La CrosseMap (db m185916) HM
19 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Dedicated to the Memory of Veterans of the Civil War
Dedicated to the memory of veterans of the Civil War 1861-65 Presented by Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War June 14, 1940Map (db m185909) WM
20 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — First Building in La Crosse
Home and Trading Post On this site Nathan Myrick 1842 erected the first building in La Crosse Memorial by La Crosse Chapter Daughters American Revolution 1916 Map (db m241058) HM
21 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 m220320) HM
22 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Freedom Is Not Free
In Memory of Wisconsin Veterans who were held as prisoners of war, giving their freedom to secure it for others. Dedicated to Donald P. Weber Army, Prisoner of War, Patriot, Veteran, FatherMap (db m212594) WM
23 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 1 — Front and State — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
The old harbor west of Front Street was filled with sand dredged from the Mississippi in 1911 in preparation for the construction of Riverside Park. The naturalistic design for Riverside, originally known as Levee Park, was created by noted . . . Map (db m212971) HM
24 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — GambrinusKing of Beer
Gambrinus, whose real name was Jan Primus, was a valiant soldier of the 13th century. This knightly duke was an honorary member of the Brussels Brewers Guild and is generally referred to as the inventor and king of beer.Map (db m213044) HM
25 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — 2 — George and Gohres — La Crosse Heritage Tour —
Commercial development on George Street coincided with the construction of the C.B.&N. railroad yard east of Rublee in 1886. On this block, the Schubert Meat Market was built in 1887 at 1721 George Street and Swenson Hardware Store was erected at . . . Map (db m237379) HM
26 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
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27 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Gideon Cooley Hixon1826 - 1892
Thirty year old Gideon Hixon came to La Crosse and prospered. From the beginning he was a force in the community. Of all the businessmen who made their fortune here, Gideon Hixon left one of the most enduring marks. Gideon's success led to . . . Map (db m212593) HM
28 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Grandad Bluff: The Making of a Park
"Simple recreation in the open air amid beautiful surroundings contributes to physical and moral health, to a saner and happier life." — John Nolen As the city of La Crosse experienced commercial and residential expansion in the 1870s . . . Map (db m229984) HM
29 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Greek Revival House (circa 1850s)Restoration by Preservation Alliance of La Crosse, Inc.
This small house serves as a reminder of La Crosse's pioneer days when only a few thousand people, many of them farmers, made up the city's population. Exactly where and when the house was built, and who lived in it, has not been determined due to a . . . Map (db m212592) HM
30 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
31 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Hanifl Market
This farmers market is dedicated to Lloyd, Albina, Roland, and June Hanifl, who loved gardens and passed this love to their children and many people in La Crosse. The Hanifl family name is a well-known one in La Crosse, with at least . . . Map (db m178504) HM
32 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 m220321) WM
33 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — La Crosse Players
The city of La Crosse was named for the American Indian game which the French christened "La Crosse." On this site hard fought matches were played by the Winnebago peoples. The welded, COR-TEN steel sculpture was designed and fabricated by . . . Map (db m213043) HM
34 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 m220322) HM
35 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
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36 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
37 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
38 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Original Heileman Brewhouse
In 1858 John Gund and Gottlieb Heileman built their new City Brewery on this site, after moving the brewery from its former location about four blocks northwest of here. The Brewhouse, to which this plaque is affixed, is part of the original . . . Map (db m213074) HM
39 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
40 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
41 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 m221889) HM
42 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
43 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
44 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
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45 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — The Cobbler Shop
Carl H. Rediske (1856-1948) was trained in Germany as a master shoemaker. He came to La Crosse in 1883 at age 27 and purchased a lot at 507 North 12th Street. There he built this cobbler shop in 1889, as well as a wood frame residence and small barn . . . Map (db m212591) HM
46 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
47 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
48 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
49 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
50 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse — Wesley United Methodist Church1886
Historic Site Wesley United Methodist Church 1886 City of La CrosseMap (db m185933) HM
51 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse, Goosetown-Campus — Myrick Park Treewalk
In 1996 with trees provided by Hill & Valley Garden Club, and La Crosse Medical Alliance, La Crosse Forestry started a tree grove for celebration and memorial trees. The trees in the west side of Myrick Park were donated by individuals and . . . Map (db m238323) HM
52 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, La Crosse, Lower North Side — The Development of Copeland Avenue
The history of Copeland Avenue dates back to 1856, just a few months after the City of La Crosse was incorporated. The road was originally not more than a footpath and barely wide enough for one wagon. Copeland Avenue connected the northern and . . . Map (db m229981) HM
53 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
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54 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
55 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, Onalaska — Tim Gullikson1951 - 1996
Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based upon excellence of performance. James Bryant Connant A 1969 graduate of Onalaska High School, Tim along with his twin brother Tom, reached the pinnacle of . . . Map (db m229983) HM
56 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
57 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
58 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, West Salem — Stanley R. Christianson1925 — 1950
Pfc. Stanley R. Christianson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action against enemy forces at Hill 132 at Seoul, Korea, September 29, 1950. While he was manning a listening post in the early morning hours the . . . Map (db m212330) HM
59 Wisconsin, La Crosse County, West Salem — Veterans Memorial Park
Dedicated to all service men and women of La Crosse County June 24, 1945Map (db m212331) WM
60 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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