LA CROSSE HISTORY
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THE LA CROSSE AREA'S HISTORY, DIGITIZED

Transportation


Resources

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Subject:
Bridges -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Bridges -- Mississippi River
Creator:
United States. War Department
Description:
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.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Students -- Research -- Periodicals
College students -- Research -- United States -- Periodicals
Journals
Political science
Creator:
Braun, Cody
Hawkins, Chandra
Nimtz, Frederick
Kullerud, Erik
Description:
Four years ago, the City of La Crosse, Wisconsin was awarded Silver Status as a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. As the renewal date of the status approaches, community leaders are concerned that new League guidelines combined with the lack of sufficient change in bicycle accommodations that have occurred in the past four years will result in the city either being downgraded, receiving Honorable Mention Status, or failing to be awarded any status at all. Focusing on the League of American Bicyclists’ five essential elements of engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation/planning, a plan was put before the local steering committee. Considerations included ties between the health benefits of bicycling, Safe Routes to School, the economic benefits of walkable and bicycle friendly retail areas, and the economic benefits businesses enjoy from having bicycle friendly policies for their employees. Following that meeting, plans to identify a police liaison, create a community resources website template for the city, and make strategic business connections were developed and executed.
Published as part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 18 (2015)
Author:
The Dept.
Subject:
Land use--Wisconsin--La Crosse River Valley
Roads--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
La Crosse River Valley--Environmental aspects
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Wisconsin. Dept. of Transportation
Description:
forms part of the La Crosse River Valley Study "Co-operating agencies, City of La Crosse, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation."
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Author:
La Crosse Public Library
Creator:
La Crosse Public Library
La Crosse City Planning Department
Description:
In 2003, the La Crosse Public Library and the City of La Crosse Planning Department worked together to create a historic comparison of intersections in the city of La Crosse, a sort of rephotography project.
Fifteen intersections originally photographed in July 1970 were selected, and duplicate photographs of the intersections were taken in 2003.
The original photos from July 1970 were used to demonstrate traffic flow and safety issues concerning several La Crosse city intersections. These were taken to accompany a grant proposal to the federal TOPICS (Traffic Operations Program to Increase Capacity and Safety) program. The program was an appropriation from Congress "to municipalities with a population of 5,000 or more for traffic operations projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and facilitate the movement of traffic." As a result of this project, La Crosse received federal money to improve at least three intersections.
Author:
La Crosse County Historical Society
Subject:
Mississippi River--Navigation--History
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Transportation
Inland water transportation--Mississippi River--History
Creator:
Bristow, Ruth
Description:
A chapter in the La Crosse County Historical Sketches that discusses steamboat companies or lines and navigation in early La Crosse written by Ruth Bristow.
Author:
La Crosse County Historical Society
Subject:
Transportation
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Mississippi River--Navigation--History
Creator:
Bristow, Ruth
Description:
A chapter in the La Crosse County Historical Sketches, series 1, on early steamboat history on the Mississippi River written by Ruth Bristow.
Author:
La Crosse County Historical Society
Subject:
Transportation
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Boats and boating
Creator:
Jagow, Charles
Description:
A chapter in the La Crosse County Historical Sketches, series 1, on early transportation on the Upper Mississippi River written by Charles Jagow.
Author:
The Dept.
Subject:
Roads--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Highway planning--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Traffic flow--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Roads--Environmental aspects--Wisconsin--La Crosse
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Wisconsin. Dept. of Transportation
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
United States. Federal Highway Administration
Description:
Project I.D. 5991-04-00 FHWA-WISC-EIS-96-06-F "Cooperating agency, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers."
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Subject:
Roads--Wisconsin--La Crosse County--History
Transportation--Wisconsin--La Crosse--History
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Wisconsin. Dept. of Transportation
Description:
forms part of the La Crosse River Valley Study "Cooperating agencies, City of La Crosse, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation."
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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:
T.L. Hicks
Subject:
Amalgamated Transit Union. Local 519 (La Crosse, Wis.) -- History
Labor unions -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Local transit -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Creator:
Hicks, Terry L.
Author:
La Crosse County Historical Society
Subject:
Mississippi River--Navigation--History
La Crosse River--Navigation--History
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Boats and boating
La Crosse (Wis.)--History
Creator:
Hirshheimer, Harry J.
Description:
A chapter in the La Crosse County Historical Sketches, series 7, about the La Crosse River and the Davidson family, well known steamboat and packet company owners and manufacturers in La Crosse. Other lines and the influence of the railroad is also discussed. Written by Harry J. Hirshheimer.
Subject:
Minnesota & La Crosse Plank Road Company
Roads -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Roads -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Maps
Creator:
Henry I. Bliss et al.
Minnesota & La Crosse Plank Road Company
Description:
The articles of incorporation and a map of the Minnesota and Plank Road Company filed with the State of Minnesota that planned to build two toll roads over the Mississippi River connecting the city of La Crosse to points west in Minnesota. Proposed railroad lines are also included on the map in red.
Author:
The Dept.
Subject:
Roads--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
Traffic noise--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
La Crosse River Valley--Environmental aspects
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Wisconsin. Dept. of Transportation
Description:
forms part of the La Crosse River Valley Study "Co-operating agencies, City of La Crosse, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation."
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Author:
The Dept.
Subject:
Roads--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
Traffic noise--Wisconsin--La Crosse Count
La Crosse River Valley--Environmental aspects
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Wisconsin. Dept. of Transportation
Description:
forms part of the La Crosse River Valley Study "Co-operating agencies, City of La Crosse, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation." "Addendum #1-February 26, 1992, Addendum #2-July 22, 1992."
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Swords, Donald E -- Interviews
Schmidt, Marie -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Families -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Sports -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Entertainment events -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Goosetown (La Crosse, Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Swords and Schmidt discuss their experience as siblings growing up during the early 1900s in the Goosetown area of La Crosse, Wisconsin. They describe family relationships, the Goosetown neighborhood, sports and games, and entertainment options.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
John P. Gilbertson begins his interview by discussing his Norwegian family history. His interview largely focuses on La Crosse social life and recreation, as well as his career as a letter carrier. Topics include but are not limited to: saw mills, railroads, Coon Valley, family working-class occupations, the Great Depression, history of the La Crosse Post Office, steamboats, La Crosse Inter-State Fair, farm technology, newspaper and press industry, education in La Crosse, Wisconsin Business University, the circus, segregation from Ho-Chunk community and community racism, Bartl Brewery, anti-Black racism and interracial marriage, river and lumber industries, Goosetown, gambling houses and City policies, anti-German discrimination, WWI, automobiles, federal government, development of the La Crosse Normal School (now UW-L), Hoeschler family, medical history, Adolf Gundersen, early Ho-Chunk community members, early Black American community members, La Crosse Historical Society, Nathan Myrick, local politics, Wisconsin Progressive Movement, corruption in La Crosse Police Department, personal sentiments towards communities with different identities than his own (Indigenous, Black American, and Jewish).
Note: This interview has sections of poor audio quality.
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Tape 3
Tape 4
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Van Loon, Maude -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Farm life -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
New Amsterdam (La Crosse County, Wis.) -- History
Description:
Van Loon discusses her ancestors' 1856 emigration from the Netherlands to Wisconsin, where they settled in New Amsterdam. She focuses on her father, John Van Loon, and also discusses general family life and her childhood growing up on a farm in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics also discussed include but are not limited to: ancestry, immigration from Holland, LaFleur family, New Amsterdam, Native Americans, Presbyterian Church, marriage and work, Childhood memories, diseases, Joseph Losey, her childhood home, her parents railroad tramps, birthday celebrations, farm animals, Christmas celebrations, farming and harvesting, education, Perkins family, Black Americans, childhood games, bluff hiking, agricultural and horticultural societies, traffic concerns with horses and cars, horse races, bird watching, food and cooking, farm labor, as well as local newspapers papers.
Warning, some bits of this recording has sound issues and the audio is incomprehensible.
Tape 2
Tape 3
Tape 4
Tape 5
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Pappas, Paul G. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Greek Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Family-owned business enterprises -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Paul G. Pappas discusses growing up as one of five sons born to Greek immigrants who settled in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics include but are not limited to: the downtown business environment, the Elite, family background, Imperial Ice Cream Shop, childhood, Greek Food, church, religion, dating, sports and recreation, WWII, transportation, YMCA, Valley View Mall, 20th century technology changes (refrigerator, television), atomic bomb, Korean Conflict, McCarthyism, voting, local politics, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, and marriage.
Author:
La Crosse County Historical Society
Subject:
Transportation
Mississippi River--Navigation--History
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Inland water transportation--Mississippi River--History
La Crosse (Wis.)--History
Creator:
Winslow, Edward M.
Description:
A chapter in La Crosse County Historical Sketches, series 2, on early La Crosse steamboats on the Mississippi River and Root River in Minnesota written by Edward M. Winslow.
Subject:
Traffic estimation--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
Roads--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
La Crosse River Valley (Wis.)
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Wisconsin. Department of Transportation.
Description:
forms part of the La Crosse River Valley Study "Co-operating agencies, City of La Crosse, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation."
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
Subject:
Mississippi River--Navigation--History
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Photographs
Steamboats--Columbia River--History
Steamboats--Missouri River--History
Steamboats--Ohio River--History
Creator:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center
Description:
The UW-La Crosse Historic Steamboat Photograph collection consists of over 40,000 photographic images of steamboats on the inland waterways of the United States, primarily the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri rivers and their tributaries. The photos depict steamboats in every phase of their life span from construction to destruction and every aspect of their daily operations from the 1850s to the present. The photos show steamboats in all sort of settings on the water; going through a lock, at a city's waterfront or levee, tied up at shore as they went about their everyday business of hauling freight and passengers and towing barges and rafts. For some steamboats, especially the bigger excursion boats, there may be over a hundred photographs to view; for other boats, there might be only a single photo to document its existence. Besides steamboats, other types of images in the collection include steamboat captains, engineers, pilots, passengers and crews; city and town waterfronts; levees; locks and dams; and river-related activities such as fishing, swimming and clamming.