By Correne Martin
Visitors to downtown Prairie du Chien recently may have noticed some additions on the light poles overhead. American and British flags from yesteryear fly on one side of many of the poles, while banners of various artwork are afixed to the other side of the poles as well.
The flags, according to local historian Mary Antoine, represent those that flew over Ft. Crawford (American) and Ft. McKay (British) during the War of 1812. The ones displayed downtown currently were leftover from when Prairie du Chien celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, she said.
The banners, which were originally created as part of a local art contest sponsored by the former PDRI, were located collecting dust in storage by Chris Mara, past president of PdC Main Street, and Mike Ulrich, parks and recreation director.