A short history of the Corps of Engineer’s efforts to make the Upper Mississippi River more navigable for commercial transportation, 1900-1988. The planning for the 9-foot channel project began in 1929 and construction was completed by 1938.
Art Work of St. Croix and Mississippi Valley from Stillwater, Minn., to La Crosse, Wis. / Art Photogravure Co., 1899.
Originally published in multi-part sets, these two works feature exquisitely crisp, 19th century, artistic, black and white photographs that showcase picturesque views along the Mississippi river and its tributaries from Minnesota to Iowa. Many of these sites have changed physically since they were taken so these photos document an earlier environment.
Art Work of Valley of the Mississippi from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Keokuk, Iowa / Art Photogravure Co., 1899.
A Brief History of the Clamming and Pearling Industry in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin / Eric Tempte, 1968.
UW-L thesis detailing the history of clamming and pearling, especially for pearl buttons, in Prairie du Chien, Wis.
At the heart of this 57 page federal government document from 1872 is a report from G.K. Warren, Major of Engineers, U.S. Army, with appendices and supporting correspondence, about selecting a site and constructing a new bridge across the Mississippi River at La Crosse. Correspondents include C. C. Washburn; James Lyndes, mayor of La Crosse; T.B. Stoddard, President, Southern Minnesota Railroad Company; Alexander Mitchell, President, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad; H.J. Bliss, civil engineer; and other U.S. Army engineers.
This memorial and petition was presented by representatives of the Upper Mississippi Improvement Association to the U.S. Congress asking for $15 million to create a six foot deep channel on the upper Mississippi River. It includes a report from their Executive Committee complete with graphs of economic statistics and maps of freight rates.
A creel survey of walleye was conducted in Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi River from June 1, 1983 through May 31, 1984 to assess the walleye harvest and to estimate the economic impact of the walleye fishery to the area.
A Diatom Population and Nutrient survey in the Mississippi River at Lock 7 and Lock 8 / Clement C. Ozburn, 1969.
The purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to obtain information which may be used to determine to what extent diatoms can be used as water quality indicators; (2) to supplement baseline data on annual plankton standing crops of the upper Mississippi River.
Effects of Contaminants on Naiad Mollusks (Unionidae): A Review by Marion E. Havlik and Leif L. Marking (Fort Collins, CO : U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service), 1987.
A bibliography of existing literature up to 1987 regarding naiad mollusks or freshwater mussels.
UW-La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 3, 2000.
Fish impingement at Dairyland Power Cooperative's Genoa site / Brimmer, Kerry J, 1977
UW-L masters thesis
Flood Plain Information on Mississippi River and Tributaries in Vicinity of La Crosse, Wisconsin / United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Paul District., 1970.
The Great Lakes Maritime History Project is a collaborative digital project. The Milwaukee Public Library, Wisconsin Historical Society, UW-Superior, and Special Collections, Murphy Library, UW-La Crosse contributed photographs, audio recordings, and other records to provide a history of commercial navigation on Wisconsin waters, including Lakes Superior and Michigan and the Mississippi River.
Habits and Habitats of Fishes in the Upper Mississippi River /S. Littlejohn et al. (La Crosse, Wis.: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fishery Research Laboratory), 1985
History of La Crosse, County, Wisconsin, 1881/ Butterfield, Consul Willshire. Chicago : Western Historical Co., 1881, 862 p.
Major floods of the Mississippi River have greatly influenced where national, state and local project money has gone over the years. This collection of articles highlights the record-setting floods that La Crosse residents have experienced in 1880, 1951, 1952, 1965, 1969, 1993, 1997 and 2001. While the flood gage has been moved over time, the National Weather Bureau identifies the top five record high Mississippi River crests at La Crosse in this order: 1965, 1880, 2001, 1969, 1952.
Impingement and Entrainment of Fishes at the Dairyland Power Cooperative Alma, Wisconsin Power Plants / Timothy J. Goeman, 1981
Joseph N. Nicollet Maps. September 28-November 14, 1839*. Untitled pen-and-ink manuscript map, in French, of the Mississippi River from Fort Snelling (Minneapolis-St. Paul, in southeastern Minnesota) to the mouth of the Des Moines River (near present Keokuk, southeastern Iowa).
Joseph N. Nicollet Maps. September 28-November 14, 1839*. Untitled pen-and-ink manuscript map, in French, of the Mississippi River from Fort Snelling (Minneapolis-St. Paul, in southeastern Minnesota) to the mouth of the Des Moines River (near present Keokuk, southeastern Iowa); map charting the lower reaches of the La Crosse River east of the town of La Crosse.
Limnological Observations in the Upper Mississippi, 1921 / by P.S. Galtsoff
This 1921 scientific report by a U.S. Fisheries naturalist deals with a “hydrobiological” investigation of the upper Mississippi River, from Hastings, MN to Alexandria, MO including detailed charts and graphs.
Lumbering on the Black River at Onalaska, Wisconsin, 1852-1902 / Dorothy Sagen Johnson, 1974.
This 45 page seminar paper was written for a University of Wisconsin - La Crosse graduate history class. The paper tracks the rise and decline of the lumber industry of lumbering along the lower Black River and describes its effect upon Onalaska, Wisconsin from 1852-1902. It includes one chapter that describes lumbering methods and logging operations. Also includes a bibliography, maps, charts, and statistics documenting the local lumber industry.
UW-L masters thesis
Memoirs of La Crosse County / Benjamin Bryant; 1907.
This work, along with History of La Crosse County, 1881, are the preeminent published sources for 19th century La Crosse history. Bryant’s Memoirs, as it is commonly called, is a wide-ranging work that covers the early history of La Crosse as well as the social, education, government, religious, and business institutions. The book is divided into 22 chapters and also includes brief histories of the smaller towns of La Crosse County. An alphabetical name index to Bryant’s Memoirs was prepared and digitized in 2004 and is available for searching at the “name index” button.
This site includes aerial obliques (photos), surface obliques (ground level photos) and video of the La Crosse and Coulee region of the Mississippi River suffering effects of flooding in April 2001.
Naiad Mollusks of the Black River at the Clinton Street Bridge: La Crosse, Wisconsin, May 1978 by Marion E. Havlik (Madison, Wis.: Dept. of Transportation), 1978.
Findings of field work conducted in May 1978 in the Black River. Specimens found included the endangered Higgins Eye mussel.
UW-L masters thesis
Parasites of Catostomid Fishes from Navigation Pools 8 and 9 of the Upper Mississippi River (Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin) and the lower Missouri National Recreational River (Nebraska, South Dakota) / Walker, Jennifer L., 2007.
UW-La Crosse Thesis
UW–La Crosse Thesis
The quantity and nutritive quality of Vallisneria americana biomass, in navigation pool no. 9 of the Upper Mississippi River / by Gary N. Donnermeyer, 1982.
UW-La Crosse Thesis
A Satellite-Based Assessment of the 2001 La Crosse Flood / Greg Manke.
UW - La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 7, 2004.
The Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association / by Sam J. Graber, 1968
UW-L thesis which traces the history of Mississippi River improvements and the origin and development of the Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association.
Upper Mississippi River Navigational Charts compiled by the United States Army Corps of Engineers
Souvenir Views of the Upper Mississippi, Issued in Honor of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, 1904, copyrighted by the Nelson Art Studio, Dubuque, Iowa.
This souvenir pamphlet contains 25 black and white, half-tone photographs, each measuring 5” x 7.” The photographs were taken from a steamboat and capture river towns and picturesque scenes along the length of the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minnesota to Dubuque, Iowa.
Survey of La Crosse Harbor, Wisconsin: letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting, with a letter from the Chief of Engineers, report of a survey of La Crosse Harbor, Wisconsin. Upper Mississippi River pool no.7, mile 696 to mile 716, 1897.
Letters to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives reporting on a survey of the Mississippi River along the La Crosse waterfront including a proposal to build several dams and dredging to improve the harbor.
Trempealeau and the Mississippi River Dam / Elkins, Winston
Welcome to La Crosse History Unbound. Learn more about La Crosse County, history through these digitized collections from La Crosse Public Library and Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.