LA CROSSE HISTORY
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Natural Environment


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Subject:
Bird watching--Wisconsin
Wisconsin--Birds--Observation
Creator:
Frederick Z. Lesher
Description:
Fred Lesher was born in 1936 and attended Carthage College from 1954-1958. He went on to teach at Luther College in Decorah, IA, and later at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, before moving to La Crosse to teach in the English Department at UWL in 1965 until retiring in 1996. Fred had a life-long interest in ornithology, and eventually became president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Iowa Ornithologists Union, and Minnesota Ornithologists Union. From 1958 to 2002 he kept detailed journals of his birding, which his family has entrusted to the Coulee Region Audubon Society. The journals are in 14 volumes with over 3000 pages, and for the first time they are fully available online for any and all that are interested in birding in the Coulee Region over the past 50 years.
Author:
La Crosse Public Library
Description:
Newspaper articles about the history of Grandad Bluff and its role as a park, a geological formation, and a transportation challenge.
Grandad Bluff, the tallest bluff in the area, has been a focal point of the La Crosse community. Limestone rock was quarried from the bluff and this served as a source of building material for many years. However, when the property was about to be sold for large scale quarrying, La Crosse citizens were outraged. A prominent family, Joseph & Irene Hixon, bought the property in 1909 holding it in trust until it was donated as park to the city of La Crosse in 1912.During this time, local citizens, lead by Mrs. G. C. Hixon, raised $15,000 to purchase the property and to help build public roads. Along with this purchase was some property below the bluff which became the nucleus of Hixon Forest.
Author:
La Crosse Public Library
Description:
Newspaper articles about the history of Hixon Forest. Hixon Forest traces it roots to the founding of Grandad Bluff as a park. It was donated to the city in 1912 as a park. This collection of articles highlights the beginning of the trail system, a cooperative effort of the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce and La Crosse Park & Recreation Department, to the new "This is Not a Trail" (TNT) mountain bike trail that leads through Hixon Forest connecting on top of Grandad Bluff to the Human Powered Trail. Some land acquisitions and the beginning of the Nature Center are also highlighted.
For older articles, see History Repeats Itself: Grandad Bluff.
Author:
La Crosse Public Library
Creator:
La Crosse Tribune
Description:
Newspaper articles related to La Crosse's natural beauty. One of the features residents and newcomers like about La Crosse is its natural beauty located so close to their work and home environments. Topics in this category range from towering bluffs, urban wetlands (the marsh) and bird life in the Coulee Region.