The breathtaking views of Southwest Wisconsin are distinguished by rolling hills and picturesque ravines and valleys, which divide the rocky bluffs overhead. Nestled within this natural beauty is the City of Prairie du Chien, a community bordered on one side by the mighty waters of the Mississippi River, and the other by steep bluffs rising as high as 600 feet. This area’s terrain remained unscathed by the glacial drift that covered and flattened much of the state’s landscape, making it a “driftless area” featuring a unique Midwest panorama.
This resource guide shows a charming city of nearly 8,100 residents serves as the county seat for Crawford County and a hub for tourism, outdoor recreation and commerce. It is recognized as the oldest settlement on the Upper Mississippi River—and is the second-oldest city in the state, with its roots extending back to the French-Canadian Fur Trade of the late 1600s.
Prairie du Chien is a welcome town that has placed a high value on preserving its historical landmarks, while also displaying a progressive side, evidenced by the revitalization of the downtown area. It is a community of great spirit and pride, which can be experienced at the numerous events occurring throughout the year. Educational excellence is enjoyed at all levels, healthcare is superior, the scenic area gives way to unmatched recreational opportunities and the diverse business sector remains vibrant and growing.
Prairie du Chien is a wonderful place to call home and a choice destination to visit time and time again. Visit the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Web site, www.prairieduchien.org, when looking for your next vacation destination.