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Overview

Introduction to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford county, is 45 miles NW of Dubuque, Iowa and 163 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Prairie du Chien History

Prairie du Chien was first visited by French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, on June 17, 1673. A trading post was established in the area by another French explorer named Nicolas Perrot in 1685. The Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad first entered the area in 1857. It is the county seat of Crawford County, which was founded in 1818.

Prairie du Chien and nearby Attractions

  • Fur Trade Museum
  • Wyalusing State Park
  • Prairie du Chien Museum at Fort Crawford
  • Brisbois House
  • Villa Louis Historic Site
  • St. Feriole Island

Things To Do In Prairie du Chien

Local museums include the Prairie du Chien Museum at Fort Crawford, the Fur Trade Museum, the Villa Louis Historic Site and the Villa Louis Historic Site. Local churches include Saint Johns Catholic Church, Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saint Gabriels Catholic Church and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Praire de Chien hosts the Prairie Dog Blues Festival and the Prairie Villa Rendezvous every year.

Prairie du Chien Transportation

Dubuque Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Prairie du Chien Higher Education

Upper Iowa University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Luther College are the nearest colleges and universities.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Prairie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles NW of Dubuque, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 163 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Crawford
Standard Zip Codes 53821
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.051
Longitude -91.141

Prairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station GUTTENBERG L & D 10
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches
Station ELKADER 5 SSW
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bagley 478 $47,083
Eastman 413 $51,932
Lynxville 147 $37,500
Mount Hope 164 $51,786
Patch Grove 129 $49,063

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Prairie Public Libraries

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Joseph W. & Emma L. Wachute Memorial Library
125 S. WACOUTA AVE.
Prairie, Wisconsin
(608) 326-6211

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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN HI
800 E CRAWFORD ST
608-326-8437
Serves 473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN CORRECTIONAL
500 E PARRISH ST
608-326-7828
A Non-traditional School
Serves 231 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

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