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Bridge over the Mississippi River at La Crosse : Letter from the Secretary of War Transmitting a Report Locating a Bridge Across the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin

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.

Cars in La Crosse: A Checklist of Automobile Dealers in La Crosse, Wisconsin from 1907 to 1980 / Compiled by Kathryn Beane and Linda Sondreal; Edwin L. Hill, General Editor, 1985.

To Congress from the Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association, 1904

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.

The Geography and economic development of La Crosse County / Vernon, Mabel Dorothy, 1920.

This 40 page thesis written for a bachelor of philosophy degree at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1920 is a traditional economic history of the city and county of La Crosse with chapters on early growth and development, transportation, and industries – lumbering, manufacturing, agriculture.

Histories of Roads and Transportation Systems in the La Crosse River Valley by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, Wis.? : The Dept.), 1994.

A part of the La Crosse River Valley Study documents, this report by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation highlights the history of the transportation routes that traverse the lower La Crosse River Valley in the City of La Crosse. Roads included here are Copeland Avenue, Lang Drive, STH (State Highway) 16, Gorder Road, Gillette Street-CTH (County Road) B-Gateway Access Road. Other history includes that of railroads, electric railways (street cars), and bus transportation.

History Repeats Itself, North-South Corridor Dispute

An ever present issue facing La Crosse city planners and officials since the mid 1940s has been the discussion of building a north-south road through the La Crosse River Valley and the wetland area known as the marsh. Follow this controversy from 1946 to the passing of an advisory referendum in 1998 blocking the city from spending money on the road. A north-south corridor is still in the plans of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee and the issue is far from decided.

The Industries of La Crosse, Wis., 1888. La Crosse, Wis.: Spicer & Buschman, 1888.

This informative 90 page book includes an overview of government services and living conditions in La Crosse circa 1888 followed by short chapters on the press, transportation facilities, banks, and real estate. The longest chapter has paragraphs on the leading lumbermen, merchants, and manufacturing firms. It is richly illustrated with detailed woodcut drawings of many buildings and businesses. There is a general index at the back of the book.

La Crosse Airport Dedication (La Crosse, Wis.: G. A. Keller), 1947

The dedication program of the La Crosse Municipal airport in 1947 which includes a nice narrative of aviation history in La Crosse.

La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955

Early Overland Routes of Travel to La Crosse / Katharine Wesson

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.

Waterways, Highways, and Railroads - The Mississippi River-Advantages of La Crosse for River Navigation- The First Steamboat-Early Packet Lines-Wharf Building-Increase of River Commerce and Travel-Recent Efforts to Increase River Traffic-Capt. P. S. Davidson-Wagon Roads, Dirt and Plank -The First Railroad-The Southern Minnesota Railroad-The Dubuque Division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad- The Green Bay & Western Railroad-The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad-Personal Sketches, W. R. Sill, H. I. Bliss-Freight Handled by the Railroads-The Railroad Bridge Across the Mississippi-The Street Railways-The Interurban Railway-Wagon B ridges.

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.

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