By Correne Martin
Prairie du Chien’s heritage is deeply rooted in Wisconsin military history, frontier fur trading, Midwestern river town relics, longtime businesses, the rise of the railroad and more.
For instance, did you know Army surgeon Dr. William Beaumont pioneered the study of human digestion through his experiments at the Fort Crawford Military Hospital?
Have you learned that troops from Fort Crawford, under the command of Zachary Taylor, were involved in the Black Hawk War?
Did you know that, after the massacre at Bad Axe, the Sauk leader Black Hawk surrendered and was imprisoned at Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien?
Were you aware that the St. Mary’s Institute for young women was built on the Fort Crawford campus in 1872?