Footsteps of La Crosse

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Footsteps of La Crosse
La Crosse Public Library LogoDiscover the history and architecture of La Crosse as your expert guides share stories of La Crosse.  Look up and encounter the architecture of this historic Mississippi River town.  Experience the development and beauty of La Crosse from the boomtown riverboat days to today through the evolution of building styles and details.

Follow the drop-down menu at the upper right corner of the screen to select from a series of walking tours highlighting some of the most historic and architecturally significant buildings in La Crosse. The Downtown La Crosse, Cass-King Residential, Tenth and Cass Residential, Main Street Meander, Prairie Steps, Crowley Addition/Edgewood Place, and the Franciscan Neighborhood tours are in a compact geographic area and can be covered on foot. The buildings on the North La Crosse, City Landmarks, Additional National Register, and Sacred Spaces tours are further apart and can be found more easily by car or bicycle. Also, individual properties can be selected to create your own tour.

La Crosse has a wealth of architecturally and historically significant residential, commercial and public buildings. These tours highlight over 150 of the best known and officially identified historic structures in the city. No doubt, there are many that are not included but are equally significant. We invite you to explore the rich variety of historic properties that make up the architectural heritage of La Crosse. Enjoy your tours and remember to look UP!

Sign up for the spring Footsteps and Dark La Crosse walking tours! The first tour will be led by guest host Shawn Micallef in collaboration with the Hear, Here oral history project. Micallef is a Toronto Star columnist, co-owner and an editor of Spacing magazine, fo-founder of the mobile phone public space documentary project [murmur] and instructor at the University of Tonronto. The remaining tours will be hosted by Scott Brouwer of the La Crosse Public Library Archives staff, and the focus will be more on the history of the buildings and their occupants and less emphasis on the architectural elements. Call the La Crosse Public Library Archives Department at 608-789-7136 or email us at to reserve your spot today.

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Dark La Crosse Tours are also back this spring probably in May or June. These are free but you must reserve a spot. Trolley versions of the Dark Tour are also available on Fridays and Saturdays June-August for a fee. Call the La Crosse Visitor and Convention Bureau to reserve your spot at 608-782-2366. Dark La Crosse Tour logo

Dr. Les Crocker is back this summer with an excellent eight-week series on La Crosse's historic architecture. No need to register. The classes start June 9 and continue on Tuesdays from 6-7:45pm through July. Most discussions will conclude with a walking tour. New this year are light refreshments and a textbook/guidebook in lieu of handouts. Come join us!

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