Wisconsin Genealogy

Schools of Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin

The schools and colleges of Prairie du Chien are the pride of its people; and the high type of culture and refinement found among her citizens is but the outgrowth of these educational institutions. While this is a strong Roman Catholic city, both Catholics and Protestants work in harmony in supporting the public schools. The first school district formed here was what is known as district No. 1. This was created in 1842. The first school was taught in a private building by Miss Rice, afterward Mrs. Jerrad Warner. A schoolhouse was at once erected. This district took in what …

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Recorded Plats, Prairie Du Chien Wisconsin

The various plats of Prairie du Chien were filed for record as follows: Original plat, Sept. 11, 1837. This plat was purchased of Amable and Lenore Moreau, by Thomas P. Burnett, for $65. Lockwood’s addition, Dec. 26, 1840. Streets, additions, April 9, 1839. Power’s addition, Sept. 9, 1840. Beaumont’s addition, Oct. 31, 1842. Dousman’s addition, Nov. 16, 1842. E. Power’s addition, April 8, 1843. Parish’s addition, Dec. 5, 1855. J. Y. Smith’s addition Sept. 26, 1856. McGregor’s addition April 27, 1856. Clark’s addition, Dec. 22, 1855. Marsh’s addition, Sept. 1, 1856. Union plat by H. L. Dousman et al, Sept. …

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Railroads and Boat Landing Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin

Prairie du Chien, which is the second oldest city in the State, justly claims to be the point at which has transpired the first of many important events of the past century, in the great northwest. Long before the introduction of our present system of railways, boats and ferries were employed at this point to transport men and their merchandise to the western shores of the Mississippi, that settlement might be effected on the vast and almost unlimited scope of fertile prairie lands beyond this great water course. Milwaukee, the metropolis of the State, owes its growth largely to the …

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Prairie Du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin

This city, which is the county seat of Crawford county, is situated on the east bank of the Mississippi river, in the extreme southwestern part of the county, and is one of the oldest places in the State of Wisconsin, dating from 1781. Before the whites (who were Canadian French) first located on the Prairie, it was inhabited by the Fox Indians, who chief was named Dog (Chien in French); and it was from this it took its name, which was subsequently given to the village. Of all the charming city sites in the great and far-famed upper Mississippi valley, …

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City Park and Artesian Wells, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Prairie du Chien can boast of one of the prettiest public parks in southern Wisconsin. It is located just south of Bluff Street, which is the main business thoroughfare of the city. Minnesota Street runs on the east, Wisconsin Street on the south, the grounds being in block 90 of the Union plat. The land embraced within this beautiful park was purchased of H. L. Dousman, Jr. The principal attraction of this spot is the fountain formed by the perpetual flow of the artesian well, situated within the enclosure of the park. A very neat and substantial fence encloses the …

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