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Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in southwest Wisconsin you will find the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is the county seat of La Crosse County and was first espied by Europeans in the 1600s when French fur traders traversed the area. The first written record, however, was when Zebulon Pike and his expedition were engaged in exploring the Mississippi. Lt. Pike wrote the name of the location as “Prairie La Crosse,” after the game la crosse. In 1841, New York native Nathan Myrick brought his fur trading business to nearby Prairie du Chien and found that there were already too many fur traders there. So he traveled upriver to the yet unsettled town site and established his trading post there. In 1844, a small community of Mormons settled in La Crosse. They built cabins and stayed about a year. Even so, the land thy built on is still called Mormon Coulee.

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