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Fires in Winter

Fighting fires with water in freezing temperatures makes for some very compelling photography.
(written by Scott Brouwer, Archives staff) As winter (hopefully) winds down, I thought it might be interesting to share some of the La Crosse Fire Department photos of fires in… http://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/fires-in-winter/

Find Your Place 100+ Years Ago with Sanborn Maps Online

One of the best tools researchers have to help understand city development are maps made by insurance companies in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.
(written by David Kranz, Archives staff) Sometimes it can be hard to imagine just what a building, street, or neighborhood looked like a century ago. Historic photos are great,… http://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/find-your-place-100-years-ago-with-sanborn-maps-online/

The End of the War, and the End of the Street Car

On November 11, 1945, the last street car to service the North Side of the city made its final run.
(Written by Bill Petersen, Archives Staff) At 12:20 a.m. on November 11, 1945, the last street car to service the North Side of the city made its final run. A little more than s… http://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/the-end-of-the-war-and-the-end-of-the-street-car/

Have You Ever Wondered...

Highlighting resources on our new website that will inform your curiosities.
(written by Cate Putirskis, Archives Staff) Do you ever wonder (or remember!) what some of La Crosse's busiest intersections looked like decades ago?  Snap a mental image o… http://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/have-you-ever-wondered.../

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