La Crosse (Postcard History Series)

By Paul Beck, Laura Godden

Los angeles Crosse is located among the Mississippi River and the picturesque bluffs of the Driftless zone. based within the 1840s, los angeles Crosse's situation on the intersection of 3 rivers attracted marketers. Fertile farmlands, scenic coulees, and filthy rich industries enticed adventurous East Coasters and immigrants to settle within the quarter. From the 1850s to early 1900s, a boomtown surroundings formed the city's tradition and fueled the development of a particular downtown--much of which continues to be status at the present time.

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The Majestic Studio in l. a. Crosse produced this postcard. SAENGERFEST. After a last-minute bid and masses to the shock of electorate, l. a. Crosse was once selected to host the 1908 Saengerfest get together, a wide collecting of German making a song societies. town lacked a formal auditorium to degree the 1,800-to-2,000-person refrain and to accommodate the predicted viewers, so citizens labored quick to construct a touch rougher model of the corridor pictured above. because of time constraints, the constitution was once by no means stuccoed or painted. The building’s naked forums have been as an alternative adorned with huge cloth banners, therefore distracting from the incomplete floor. This auditorium, which can seat as much as 3,600 humans plus an extra 500 in overflow, used to be situated in marketplace sq. on Fourth and Jay Streets. This development was once a short lived constitution, and the one checklist of its life is in 1908. PETTIBONE seashore, SWIMMING. Pettibone seashore, visible above round 1926, hosted three hundred to 500 bathers on a customary day. production waste and uncooked sewage created polluted stipulations, final the seashore from 1931 to 1933. The impetus for the 1931 closure used to be the dying of a 16-year-old who gotten smaller a sinus an infection that manifested into meningitis. greater environmental measures didn't precede the reopening of the seashore in 1933, and folks once more grew to become sick with infections, final the seashore from 1933 to 1939. Water healthiness started to increase while groups invested in sewage remedy vegetation; l. a. Crosse’s opened in 1937. the military Corps of Engineers’ Nine-Foot Channel undertaking, nearing of entirety within the past due Thirties, additionally helped through speeding-up the river’s present, consequently combating stagnant and festering pollutants. PETTIBONE seashore, BATHHOUSE, 1904 TO 1925. This bathhouse used to be developed as a spot for swimmers to don their bathing matches. Painted white in colour, its lengthy and slim body was once initially supported through wood pile foundations, which have been later changed by means of concrete ones. It used to be situated at an excellent swimming position the place the riverbed progressively sloped, or even nonswimmers correctly ventured out one hundred fifty ft from shore. As a security precaution, a caution increase was once laid the place the river grew to become too deep for wading. on the 1904 commitment, a swimming teacher used to be on-site to help any afflicted swimmers. In 1904, it price five¢ to hire a washing go well with and one other five¢ to hire a locker. PETTIBONE seashore, NEW BATHHOUSE. within the Nineteen Twenties, the Elks membership encouraged for the development of a brand new bathhouse at Pettibone seashore. participants held a bazaar, elevating $10,000 for the venture. the unique bathhouse used to be prone to flooding, the lengthy and steep stairways have been damaging, and the dressing rooms have been too small. neighborhood architect Otto Merman designed an eclectically styled bathhouse to switch the modest 1904 predecessor. The stucco development boasted a well-known crimson Spanish-tile roof, clerestory home windows, a spectator balcony, uncovered bushes trusses, marble rest room amenities, decorative California tile, and an arched portico with Corinthian columns. A crowd of 5,000 humans attended the July 21, 1926, commitment of the recent bathhouse.

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