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Prairie du Chien
Crawford County, Wisconsin


Where the Bald Eagles soar and the Carp drops!

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Statistics & Facts



History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.




Statistics & Facts

The Wisconsin state capital is Madison.
The population of Prairie du Chien is approximately 6,047 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 2,393 (1990).
The amount of land area in Prairie du Chien is 11.271 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 1.936 sq kilometers.
The distance from Prairie du Chien to Washington DC is 826 miles.
The distance to the Wisconsin state capital is 93 miles. (as the crow flies)
Prairie du Chien is positioned 43.04 degrees north of the equator and 91.13 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Prairie du Chien elevation is 611-650 feet above sea level. Elevations along the Mississippi River Bluffs range from 500 - 600 feet above sea level.


in southwest Wisconsin.
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in a valley about ten miles long and up to 1.5 miles wide. It was formed from the melting glaciers of thousands of years ago.
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History & History Related Items

The first Europeans to the area were Marquette and Jolliet who came through on 17 June 1673. the name of Prairie du Chien came from the French for Prairie of the Dog, an early Fox chief who lived on the prairie. Early on, the area was kept as a rendezvous between the local Native Americans, the fur traders and okthers who would meet to exchange furs for other goods. Fort Shelby was built here in the early 1800's. It was burned in 1814 during the War of 1812. Prairie de Chien was incorporated in 1872.

Here is a history page for Prairie du Chien.
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Fort Crawford Museum
Operated by the historical society, this museum offers over 50 exhibits in three buildings.
Open May through October

The Prairie Villa Rendezvous
held each year in June with demonstrations, food, contests, auctions and much more.
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Prairie du Chien City Government

City of Prairie du Chien
205 W. Blackhawk
P.O. Box 324
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 608-326-6406Prairie du Chien is the county seat of Crawford County.

Prairie du Chien Chamber

Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O Box 326
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Toll-free: 800-732-1673

Prairie du Chien Organizations

Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O Box 326
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Toll-free: 800-732-1673

Prairie du Chien Libraries

Prairie du Chien Public Library
125 South Wacouta
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Phone: 608-326-6211

Prairie du Chien Schools

Prairie du Chien High School
9th - 12th grades
800 E. Crawford
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Phone: 608-326-8437 Prairie du Chien


The population of Prairie du Chien was:
1990 - 5,659
2000 - 6,047

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