Smoke Stacks and Paddle Wheels

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin
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In the summer of 1823 the steamboat Virginia successfully negotiated the dangerous rapids at the mouth of the Des Moines River and became the first steam-powered vessel to navigate the upper Mississippi.

By the 1830's steamboats were common sights on St. Feriole Island. The first arrival in the spring and the last departure in the fall were always events to celebrate.

Thsi park marks the location of a much used historic steamboat landing, a tradition that continues today.
The marker is located along the east bank of the Mississippi River, at Lawler Park on St. Feriole Island, and is accessible from southbound North Water Street, between Bolvin Street (to the north) and Fisher Street (to the south), Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821.

The marker is located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

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