Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Part IV from La Crosse: Applauding this city’s entertaining visuals March 27, 2017

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DOWNTOWN LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN presents a visual delight that requires spotlight focus to view every detail.





Colorful signs compete for attention along storefronts that are themselves architectural attractions.


Stained glass art displayed in the front window at Vision of Light Stained Glass, 129 S. Fourth Street.


A vintage department store box showcased in a window display.


Shoppers enter Antique Center, which presents an inviting window display.


Creative window displays draw more interest.



From almost any place, you hold a ring-side seat to pedestrians and vehicles performing should I cross/should I stop theatrics.


Buzzard Billys serves fantastic Cajun-Creole food. Be forewarned that it’s a busy place.


This riverside town rates as a must-see destination for anyone who delights in entertainment. Actual entertainment and the kind of entertainment that comes from being a watcher, an observer, an appreciator of a city with a visual character all its own.


The Starlite Lounge, a 1950s style cocktail lounge, is located on the second floor of Buzzard Billys. It was closed during the time frame I visited La Crosse. But I saw the lounge on a previous visit and hope to photograph it next time I’m in town.


La Crosse performs well under the scrutiny of my camera lens, earning my applause for a place that draws my photographic and personal interest.

TELL ME: Have you visited La Crosse? If, yes, what do you like about the city? If not, would you visit and why?

FYI: Please check back as I continue my “From La Crosse” series.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


9 Responses to “Part IV from La Crosse: Applauding this city’s entertaining visuals”

  1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Hi Audrey – Can’t remember the last time I was in LaCrosse! Love the Buzzard Billy’s sign. And that gorgeous piece of stained glass.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Applause, applause to La Crosse. Definitely a visit I would make.

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    La Crosse is a wonderful town. My wife and I take a drive along the Mississippi every spring and every fall. It is just something we do – and spending a few hours in Winona and La Crosse is a big part of it.

  4. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I’ve never been to Wisconsin but once again you made me want to visit. I’d love to check out the 50’s lounge and that book store.

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