La Crosse, WI

Steamboat JULIA BELLE SWAIN

steamboat Julia Belle Swain

The sternwheel steamboat JULIA BELLE SWAIN (#3180) was designed and built by Capt. Dennis Trone at Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works being the last steamboat built there in 1971. The steam engines came off the steam ferry CITY OF BATON ROUGE (#1050) which can still be seen in Le Claire, IA, as landing boat for the riverboat TWILIGHT. The JULIA BELLE SWAIN is equipped with a steam calliope offering overnight cruises and local dinner cruises from June til October. The boat is located at La Crosse´s Riverside Park.

Directions:
Great River Steamboat Company
227 Main St (ticket office)
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone (608) 784-4882
Toll free 1 (800) 815-1005
www.juliabelle.com

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Julia Belle Swain dock


Riverboat LA CROSSE QUEEN

The paddlewheeler LA CROSSE QUEEN is located at the north end of Riverside Park (west end of State St) providing excursion cruises from May til October.

Directions:
La Crosse Queen Paddleboat Cruises
P.O. Box 1805 (office)
La Crosse, WI 54602-1805
Phone (608) 784-8523 (office, group reservations)
(608) 784-2893 (boat dock)
www.greatriver.com/laxqueen/paddle.htm

Satellite picture and map at Google Maps:
LaCrosse Queen dock


Riverside Museum

The nice little Riverside Museum on the north side of Riverside Park is concentrating on the Mississippi River and its importance to the area. Exhibits range from prehistoric artifacts to a large collection of birds and fresh water clams. A video of the history of La Crosse is shown and artifacts of the steamboat WAR EAGLE (#5691) are on display. Within a walking distance from the boat landing.

Directions:
Riverside Museum
410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Riverside Park
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone (608) 782-1980
Opening hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10:30 am - 5 pm, Sat -4:30 pm, Sun -4 pm; admission: adults $3, students $2, family (4 and more) $9. www.explorelacrosse.com

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Riverside Museum (small building in the middle, red roof)


Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin

The Murphy Library hosts the largest collection of steamboat photographs started by Ralph DuPae. Copies are available. Researchers should call ahead.

Directions:
Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin
Special Collections & Area Research Center
1631 Pine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601-3748
Phone (608) 785-8511
Opening hours: during academic sessions weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Wed 7 pm - 9 pm and Sat 1 pm - 4 pm, summer hours Mon - Thu 12 noon - 3:30 pm
ww.uwlax.edu/murphylibrary/departments/archome.html

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Murphy Library


Granddad Bluff

Granddad Bluff is a 600ft. high bluff and city park overlooking the city of La Crosse and the Mississippi river valley and the tri-state area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Be sure to have a good visibility.

Directions:
Follow Main St which becomes Bliss Rd as you ascend the bluff. Turn right at Granddad Bluff Rd.

Satellite picture and map at Google Maps:
Granddad Bluff



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