Nicholas Bourlier de la Chavelle Tribute

© Photographed June 22, 2018
Erected 2013 through a joint effort by the Osseo
Area Historical Society and the Pigeon Falls Lions Club
Osseo, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin
44.497739, -91.210326
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This monument erected in 1934 by B. M. Sletteland
and H. A. Anderson pays tribute to the
surrounding landscape and to Nicholas
Bourlier de la Chavelle, an enigmatic
man who once lived in the Dearby Hills.
Bourlier de la Chavelle, who setled
in the area in about 1865, lived a primitive
existence in nothing more than a cave
until his death in about 1865. Known to
be from a prominent family and
well-educated, his decision to abandon
society and a higher lifestyle will
forever remain a mystery.
As visitors pause to enjoy the
beautiful view. They can only comtemplate
its natural beauty and the spirit of
the man some people called
"The Learned Frenchman".
Restored and redirected in 2013
through a joint effort by the Osseo
Area Historical Society and the
Pigeon Falls Lions Club.

The monument is located at the Buena Vista Scenic Overlook and is accessible from southbound Harmony Street / U.S. Highway 53, between Eimon Road (to the south) and Bye-Nelson Road (to the north), about 5 1/2 miles south of Osseo, Wisconsin 54758.

See also, Buena Vista | Memorial to Nicholas Bourlier, also at this location.







The marker is located in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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