Changing Seasons

The end of one season and the beginning of another is marked differently in Prairie du Chien. In most places, Labor Day marks the end of the summer season. But, In Prairie du Chien, The Carriage Classic, marks the beginning of fall.

Viewing classic carriages drawn by expertly groomed teams of horses, imperceptibly nudged by drivers to do their bidding around and through obstacles is a spectacle to behold.

In the fall, ones sense of historical importance is brought into focus. Standing along the edges of the Mississippi River watching and listening to horses hooves and wooden wheels crossing the railroad tracks reminds one of another era One easily wonders who stood in the very same beach.

The answer, at least a partial one, comes when walking among the bronze statues of the http://www.statuepark.org/. The sculpture park is located on Prairie du Chien's historical St. Feriole Island, not far from The Carriage Classic festival grounds. The city park is open year round and is free for all.

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The life sized bronze sculptures presently in the park tell their own story of years gone by.

The Voyager - Julian Coryer – head upon a back pack resting before beginning the journey back to familiar hunting grounds, the Victorian Lady, representing tourists – many from Europe – who flocked to the area and walked along the Mississippi River are but two of the sculptures presently located in The Mississippi River Sculpture park

In addition three other life-size bronze statues are currently in the park:  Chief Black Hawk; Dr. William Beaumont, father of gastroenterology; and Emma Big Bear.

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A fire circle with bronze cultural symbols ties together the five current and 19 planned historic figures who shaped our area.

Some day, 22 other bronze sculptures will accompany the five. We are hopeful that the next sculpture will be Marianne Labuche within the next two years.