Looking over Voyageur Shoulder

Still Room for more.

Chief Black Hawk and Dr. Beaumont

Emma Big Bear and Victorian Lady

Aunt Marianne Labuche will be the next bronze sculpture. She was Prairie Du Chien's first Physician. She rescued and nursed her granddaughter, baby Louise Gagnier who had been scalped and left for dead. Photo is small replica.

Shelter

Dedicated in 2013, the Mississippi River Sculpture Park Shelter will provide families and friends to gather, share a meal, and imagine the possibilities.

Fun and Treasure in Mississippi River Sculpture Park

downloadHidden, within the boundaries of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park is a treasure. The treasure can only be found using a device called a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite Receiver).  The treasure has been found by 421 people.

The treasure is a geocache. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The Description of the Mississippi River Sculpture park

Located on the magnificent and scenic Upper Mississippi River Byway, the Mississippi River Sculpture Park is a hallmark cultural destination of national and international appeal. More than two dozen life size bronze statues are planned for the Park. Four, Black Hawk, Dr. Beaumont and son Israel, Victorian Lady, and Julian Coryer Voyageur are already installed at the time this cache was placed, with more coming each year. As you visit and revisit you will be able to learn the stories and lives of the men and women who shaped the Upper Mississippi River Valley on the land now called Prairie du Chien.
Located in the City of Prairie du Chien adjacent to beautiful Villa Louis on St. Feriole Island (you can drive or walk on to the island) just above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers in the spectacular Mississippi River Valley, the Sculpture Park is an unparalleled unique destination for year round travelers.
Occasionally, you will be able to catch events typically called “Arts in the Park” including pig roasts and music. Like the park itself, the events are free and open to the public. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park Fund welcomes donations in an effort to continue to find new & planned sculptures, but all are welcome to visit day or night.


For more information about the park including the pictures and descriptions of all of the sculptures please visit the web site (Click here)


This cache is placed with the approval (and encouragement) of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park Fund. You are looking for an instant coffee container taped up to not be so obvious. Be considerate of muggles, since this location can get very busy, and make sure you replace the cache to best keep it from sight. Otherwise, feel free to check out the park and enjoy.

More information about Geocaching

200 Year-Old Battlefield *

4-0db64bb9b0When you're standing in the Sculpture Park, the Villa Louis is not a hidden treasure, but this year, several events will be taking place on the grounds of the historical site/former battlefield that's just west of the Park.

On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a walking tour on the island will cover the land at the center of the Battle of Prairie du Chien.

Each tour will include a stop at the planned archaeological dig taking place on the lawn of Villa Louis that will be searching for the remains of Fort Shelby and Old Fort Crawford.

As part of the commemoration of the Battle of 1812 that took place on the island 200 years ago, the Roseville Community Band will play a mix of music from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., before the fireworks go off over the river.

For the last 25 years, on the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien, re-enactors have camped on the island and assembled on the battlefield. This year's battle will be the biggest, taking place on. Canadians will be coming down to take part as the Canadian voyageur militia. Other re-enactors will become American infantrymen and American Indians in the battle. Among the 150 to 200 re-enactors, there will also be non-combatants – women and cooks.

Due to a change in rules about how much is charged participants, this will be the last year of the battle on the grounds of the Villa Louis. The concert and fireworks on are free. To get more information about the admission fees for the other events, go to the Villa Louis website.

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Source: Mississippi River Sculpture Park July 2014 Newsletter

Mississippi Flood Update**

 


            downloadOn Tuesday, July 8, most of the roads on St. Feriole Island were closed, including the road to the front entrance of the Sculpture Park.  A temporary swimming pool blocked the back entrance to MRSP. 
            The north/south road closest to the Mississippi was open to traffic in both directions, although ordinarily it is a one-way street.  However, according to the Villa Louis bookstore manager, none of the events scheduled for the next two weekends and highlighted in the last "Hidden Treasures" have been canceled or will be canceled unless more heavy rains cause additional flooding.              

            On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a walking tour on the island will cover the land at the center of the Battle of Prairie du Chien. Each tour will include a stop at the planned archaeological dig taking place on the lawn of Villa Louis that will be searching for the remains of Fort Shelby and Old Fort Crawford.

            As part of the commemoration of the Battle of 1812 that took place on the island 200 years ago, the Roseville Community Band will play a mix of music from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday night, before the fireworks go off over the river.

For the last 25 years, on the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien, re-enactors have camped on the island and assembled on the battlefield. This year's battle will be the biggest, taking place on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. Canadians will be coming down to take part as the Canadian voyageur militia. Other re-enactors will become American infantrymen and American Indians in the battle. Among the 150 to 200 re-enactors, there will also be non-combatants - women and cooks.

The concert and fireworks on July 12 are free.  To get more information about the admission fees for the other events, go to the Villa Louis website.

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**Update from Mailing list for Mississippi River Sculpture park.