History of Flagpole / Grandad Bluff Flag

Photographed September 5, 2013
Erected 1999 by William and Louise Bruring
Dedicated June 14, 1999
La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
43° 48.743′ N, 91° 12.655′ W
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In February 1941, during World War II, the Reserve Officers Association organized the population of the La Crosse area to erect a flagpole high atop Grandad Bluff - 600 feet above the city. Children in all public and parochial schools, as well as students attending Western Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, donated their pennies, nickels, and dimes toward the project.

The original 65-foot flagpole stood over 40 years through World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was replaced by a 75-foot flagpole in 1981. A lightning strike in 1984 destroyed the base of the flagpole and the remaining undamaged part of the pole was reinstalled in Copeland Park near the railroad exhibit.

On July 4, 1984 the third flagpole was dedicated at the Grandad Bluff site. On Nov. 10, 1998 a 93 mph wind gust blew over the flagpole, destroying it.

On March 17, 1999 a 70-foot fourth flagpole was erected. On March 23, 1999 as the new 12 x 18 foot flag was raised, an adult Bald Eagle, the symbol of our nation, soared overhead.

Let us honor those men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States to preserve our liberty and freedom. To those who died in war and to those who made it home... we owe a great debt of gratitude... the nation will never forget you. 
The financial donation for the 1999 flagpole, flag and historic plaque by William and Louise Bruring is gratefully acknowledged.
The markers are located in Grandad Park, 3020 Grandad Bluff Road, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601.  

City of La Crosse: Grandad Bluff Park

Wikipedia: Grandad Bluff

 What a view, even on a very overcast day . . .

 When you see this sign, you're nearly there!

 A lovely deer I encountered on the way up.

As Main Street becomes Bliss Road, 
the winding, tree-lined ascent to Grandad Bluff.
Look closely and  you can see the flat at the top.

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