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By Keith L, October 7, 2009
Patrick Joseph Lucey Marker
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Ferryville — 528 — Patrick Joseph Lucey Governor of Wisconsin, 1971 – 1977
Patrick J. Lucey was born in La Crosse on March 21, 1918, to Ferryville parents, Gregory C. and Ella McNamara Lucey. He was educated at Campion Academy, College of St. Thomas, and the University of Wisconsin. Lucey served in the U.S. Army . . . — Map (db m35407) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Gays Mills — Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
In the spring of 2003, after the old bridge on Hwy 171 over the Kickapoo River was replaced with this new one, Cliff Swallows started breeding under the concrete structure. Cliff Swallows are one of 6 species of swallows breeding in Wisconsin. . . . — Map (db m40391) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Gays Mills — 23 — Gays Mills Apple Orchards
Farmers in this area learned early that the land on both sides of the Kickapoo River offered excellent conditions for apple-growing. In 1905 John Hays and Ben Twining collected apples from eight or ten farmers around Gays Mills for exhibit at the . . . — Map (db m31676) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Gays Mills — Gays Mills Sesquicentennial 1848 – 1998
In the year 1847 James B. Gay, a civil engineer and native of Indiana, journeyed to the unsettled Kickapoo Valley. Here he was impressed by acres of untouched forest which covered the hills and valleys. Finding a good rock bottom in the river and . . . — Map (db m40057) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Lynxville — 149 — Rafting on the Mississippi
After 1837 the vast timber resources of northern Wisconsin were eagerly sought by settlers moving into the mid-Mississippi valley. By 1847 there were more than thirty saw-mills on the Wisconsin, Chippewa, and St. Croix river systems, cutting largely . . . — Map (db m23456) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 431 — Black Hawk's Surrender
On August 2, 1832, the Black Hawk War effectively ended when the U.S. Military massacred many followers of Sauk Indian leader Black Hawk at the Battle of Bad Axe, located about 35 miles north of here. Black Hawk, known as Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, . . . — Map (db m43531) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — Jefferson Davis 1808 – 1889
Lieutenant United States Army Assigned Fort Crawford 1831 Served here with distinction during Black Hawk War Hero in Mexican War 1846-1848 United States Congressman Senator, Secretary of War President Confederate States of America . . . — Map (db m43642) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 1 — L'ancien Cimetiere Francais Old Frenchtown Cemetery
L'ancien Cimetiere Francais Blessed by Father Dunand May 6, 1817 Here, on grounds long used by Indians, French 'hommes du nord' buried their loved ones. Present Markers - Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Gardipi 1845 Jean Joseph Rolette . . . — Map (db m43649) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 91 — Museum of Medical Progress Site of Second Fort Crawford Military Hospital
The Second Fort Crawford Military Hospital was built here in 1831. In 1934 this portion of it was restored with original stone as a memorial to William Beaumont, M.D. (1785-1853), pioneer military surgeon. Among prominent military personnel . . . — Map (db m43641) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 188 — Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet
In 1673, Louis Jolliet, Canadian fur-trader and explorer, and Father Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit Missionary, with five French Canadian boatmen, were the first white men to enter the upper Mississippi River. Indians directed them to the . . . — Map (db m43530) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 116 — Prairie du Chien
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 . . . — Map (db m43529) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial
Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial [emblems of the military service branches]Map (db m53014) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 432 — Site of the Second Fort Crawford 1829 – 1856
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 . . . — Map (db m43532) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — Veterans Memorial
Lest We Forget For us they served For us they gave Now in one accord We do them honor Dedicated to all men and women of Crawford County Wisconsin who served this great nation for God and country in military service . . . — Map (db m44716) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 474 — Villa Louis
This hilltop mansion commands a sweeping view of a landscape steeped in history. Descendants of pioneer fur trader Hercules Dousman built the house in 1870 atop a mound overlooking the Mississippi River, which drew European explores to this spot in . . . — Map (db m23586) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 10 — Villa Louis
On the site of old Fort Crawford, Col. Hercules Louis Dousman, important agent in John J. Astor's fur company, built his "house on the mound" in 1843. Later it was named Villa Louis. Today this luxurious mansion appears much as it did in the days . . . — Map (db m23589) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — 142 — War of 1812
Although Prairie du Chien belonged to the United States after the American Revolution, its pioneer residents were tied by trade, tradition and family to the French-British community at Mackinac and to the St. Lawrence River ports. During the . . . — Map (db m23591) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Prairie du Chien — William Beaumont, M. D. Pioneer in Physiology
Born Lebanon, Conn. 1785 Died St. Louis, Mo. 1853 At old Fort Crawford, one mile and a half northwest of this spot, one hundred years ago, Doctor Beaumont, a surgeon in the United States Army, performed those experiments on Alexis St. Martin . . . — Map (db m44696) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Rising Sun — 10 CVP — Black Hawk Trail
700 Sac Indians July 31, 1200 Soldiers Aug. 1, 1832 followed this ridge west into Vernon County over this ground. _____________________ Two human skeletons were found at a spring west of Wilder's Hotel, Rising Sun in 1852. . . . — Map (db m32003) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Rolling Ground — Beauford T. Anderson
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 381st Infantry, 96th Infantry Division, was born at Eagle, WI. on July 6th, 1922. He entered the service at Soldiers Grove, WI. in October, 1942. While serving his country in Okinawa, . . . — Map (db m32769) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Soldiers Grove — 112 — James Davidson
Product of a small American community, James 0. Davidson's life illustrates the romance of citizenship in a democracy. Born 1854 in Norway, where he received little formal education, he emigrated in 1872 and was a farmer and tailor before coming in . . . — Map (db m31671) HM
Wisconsin (Crawford County), Soldiers Grove — 405 — Soldiers Grove Origin
In late July, during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Sac Indian leader Black Hawk led his starving followers through this area in their escape from the General Henry Atkinson and his military forces. After Black Hawk's brilliant delaying tactics at the . . . — Map (db m31659) HM

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