Dousman Hotel

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Prairie du Chein, Crawford County, Wisconsin
43.053016,-91.159196

Dousman Hotel is located on Saint Feriole Island, and is accessible from northbound North Water Street, between Rolette Street (to the south) and Fisher Street (to the north), Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821.


Dousman Hotel is a prestigious National Historic Landmark; there is no marker at this location.  Click here to view a list of all National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin.

Dousman Hotel, Water Street at Fisher Street, Saint Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, WI
Call Number: HABS WIS,12-PRACH,4-
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 
Significance:
The Dousman Hotel, built 1864-65, is associated with Prairie du Chien's role in post-Civil War transportation on the upper Mississippi. When its builder, The Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad, extended a line to Prairie du Chien's "Lower Town" in 1857, it marked the beginning of a prosperous relationship with steamboat, barge and packet companies that plied the river from St. Louis to St. Paul. In the mid-1860's, the railroad and river lines effected a major relocation of their activities north to Praire du Chien's St. Feriole Island; the program included not only construction of railroads, shipping facilities, a warehouse and a grain elevator, but also construction of the Dousman Hotel. ... The Dousman Hotel in its heyday exemplified the kind of establishments frequently built by railroads or private individuals to accommodate rail passengers in the late nineteenth century. These hotel/eating houses were commonly located near rail platforms or depots, and at transportation transfer points, as was the case in Prairie du Chien. The Dousman was of particular interest because it originally included depot and waiting room facilities, as well as sleeping and dining accommodations. However, substantial changes to the structure during this century have eliminated most of the features which embodied these functions.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-47
Survey number: HABS WI-291
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 66000122

West side (to the left) and south side of Dousman Hotel.

West side of Dousman Hotel.

South side of Dousman Hotel.

With the Steel Rails and Steam Trains marker in the foreground.

The Dousman Hotel is beautifully represented on the
Steel Rails and Steam Trains marker.

View of northwest front (circa 1933)
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/
Historic American Landscapes Survey
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View of west front (circa 1933)
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/
Historic American Landscapes Survey
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View looking southwest (circa 1933)
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/
Historic American Landscapes Survey
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Dousman House is located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

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