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.

Prairie Almanac

Nearest Medium City 45 miles NW of Dubuque, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City163 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
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Time Zone
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Prairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp6 to 25 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches
StationGUTTENBERG L & D 10
Distance18.7 miles
Jan Temp8 to 27 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip32.9 inches
Distance24.3 miles
Jan Temp6 to 27 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Mount Hope164$51,786
Patch Grove129$49,063

Prairie Public Libraries

Joseph W. & Emma L. Wachute Memorial Library
125 S WACOUTA AVE PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI 53821 (43.051347, -91.145135)
Prairie, Wisconsin
(608) 326-6211

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Prairie Public Schools

Prairie Du Chien Correctional Inst
500 East Parrish St
(608) 326-7828
Total Enrollment 32
Prairie Du Chien High
800 East Crawford St
(608) 326-3700
Total Enrollment 367
Ba Kennedy School
420 Wacouta Ave
(608) 326-3719
Total Enrollment 253
Bluff View Elementary
1901 East Wells St
Total Enrollment 234
Bluff View Middle
1901 East Wells St
Total Enrollment 143
Bluff View Junior High
1901 East Wells St
Total Enrollment 139

Prairie Private Schools

Prairie Catholic School
515 N Beaumont Rd
Total Enrollment 155
Prairie Christian Academy
1110 N Marquette Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 31
Wyalusing Academy
601 S Beaumont Rd
Total Enrollment 80
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