Prairie du Chien

Historic Community Along the Mississippi River

Prairie du Chien is the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi River dating back to 1673. The community is the second to Green Bay as the oldest in Wisconsin. History enthusiast can enjoy historic attractions including the Villa Louis Historic Site built by Wisconsin’s first millionaire and Fort Crawford Museum, which displays the area’s history. Prairie du Chien history can also be explored by various educational sightseeing river cruises. Several historic re-enactment events such as the Prairie Villa Rendezvous, War of 1812, Carriage Classic, and Cannons and Redcoats, are held annually.

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