Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Prairie du Chien is the second-oldest settlement in the state of Wisconsin, and the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi River. It offers a wealth of historic sites and glimpses into authentic frontier life. French Canadians engaged in the fur trade settled on St. Feriole Island and each spring the Native Americans came to trade furs for goods. This “Rendezvous” is reenacted each year in June. The flourishing outpost attracted Hercules Dousman, who made a fortune in the fur trade and real estate. His son, Louis, built the famed Villa Louis mansion, a Victorian estate recently restored to its 1890s splendor. The Carriage Classic is held on its grounds.

Before the Villa Louis was built, Fort Crawford stood on the Indian mound that now is the site of the mansion. Here, Dr. William Beaumont conducted his groundbreaking medical studies. After the original fort was destroyed by floods, the second Fort Crawford was built in 1829 and it was here in 1832 that the famed Sauk warrior Black Hawk surrendered, ending the Black Hawk War.

Today, Prairie du Chien is a city of 6,000 and is the largest community in Crawford County. It is also the county seat. It offers numerous attractions, a variety of lodging and dining establishments, shopping, unique annual events, and unlimited recreational choices.

For further information, contact the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce/ Tourism Council at 1-800-732-1673 or visit http://prairieduchien.org/?q=visitors/index

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Sports Unlimited Campground & Barn Yard 9

  • 32750 County Rd K
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-2141
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  • The Barn Restaurant

  • 32800 County K
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-4941
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  • Prairie Fun Land

  • 515 Paquette St
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-0888
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  • Culver’s of Prairie du Chien

  • 1915 S. Marquette Rd
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-5360
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  • Re/Max Ridge-N-River Realty

  • 934B S. Marquette Road
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-1600
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  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson

  • 1801 Cabela's Lane
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-5700
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  • Jones Black Angus Supper Club

  • 37640 US Highway 18
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
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  • Century 21 Welter Realty

  • 1501 East Lessard Street
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-0800
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  • Courier Press Newspaper

  • 132 S. Beaumont Street
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-2441
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  • Hungry House Cafe

  • 531 N. Marquette Road
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-4346
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  • Peoples State Bank

  • 301 East Blackhawk Avenue
    Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821
  • 608-326-3500
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