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Interested in La Crosse Area History?

The La Crosse Public Library Archives has many resources available, both in our reading room and online, including:


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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.

History Repeats Itself

Some topics in La Crosse area history turn up in the newspaper again and again.  Browse this online collection of resources to learn more about selected prominent events from La Crosse's past.

La Crosse History Unbound

La Crosse History Unbound is an online collection of digitized materials representing the history of La Crosse County.  Materials available through this website come from the collections of the La Crosse Public Library Archives and Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Footsteps of La Crosse

footsteps-logo-no-blue.pngDiscover the history and architecture of La Crosse through the guided tours in this online resource. 

Experience the development, beauty, and changing architectural styles of La Crosse from the boomtown riverboat days through the present.

Interested in seeing this architecture in person?  Use the resources on the website to create your own self-guided tour, or join the La Crosse Public Library Archives in the spring and fall of each year during our historic walking tour events.

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