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Community Introduction

Community Introduction

The breathtaking views of Southwest Wisconsin are distinguished by rolling hills and picturesque ravines and valleys, which divide the rocky bluffs overhead. Nestled within this natural beauty is the City of Prairie du Chien, a community bordered on one side by the mighty waters of the Mississippi River, and on the other by steep bluffs rising as high as 600 feet. This area’s terrain remained unscathed by the glacial drift that covered and flattened much of the state’s landscape, making it a “driftless area” featuring a unique Midwest panorama.

This charming community of nearly 8,100 residents serves as the county seat for Crawford County and a hub for commerce, tourism, and outdoor recreation. It is recognized as the oldest settlement on the Upper Mississippi River and is the second oldest city in the state, with roots extending back to the French-Canadian Fur Trade of the late 1600s.

If you are considering a visit to our city, you will find a variety of recreational activities sure to make any vacation memorable. If you are relocating to Prairie du Chien, you will come to discover the strong economic base, industrial interests and various business opportunities available here.

You will discover a health care system dedicated to the well-being of the community.

Our new state-of-the-art hospital, Crossing Rivers Health, was recently constructed in 2015. Crossing Rivers Health offers more than 60 services to help meet the health and wellness needs of the people throughout Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa. The Crossing Rivers Health campus includes a one-of-a-kind Medical Center and a new primary care clinic. The 105-acre health care campus provides a peaceful setting which complements the high-quality care provided by expert staff, providers and collaborative health care partners.

Educational excellence is enjoyed at all levels through the Prairie du Chien Area School District, private and parochial schools, Upper Iowa University, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and University of Wisconsin campuses nearby, along with the availability of online education.

Prairie du Chien is a city that has placed a high value on preserving its historical landmarks, while also displaying a progressive side evident by the revitalization of the downtown area. It is a community of great spirit and pride, which can be experienced at the numerous events occurring throughout the year. The scenic area gives way to unmatched recreational opportunities and the diverse business sector continues to be vibrant and growing.

Prairie du Chien is a wonderful place to call home and a choice destination to visit time and time again. If you would like to receive a relocation packet or visitor’s guide, contact the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce or visit the Chambers website,

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