IN ONE FINAL PHOTO sweep through downtown La Crosse, I present a collage of images.
I am drawn to signs and architecture, to distinct characteristics which define a town’s personality.
La Crosse is a river town, storied in history. You can see that in the aged buildings which flank streets that bend, like the Mississippi River. History holds a place of honor within this downtown.
Yet, this Wisconsin city is not stodgy, existing only in the past. Rather, La Crosse is like a sometimes flamboyant relative claiming attention with loud colors and signs and messages. I doubt I’ve ever seen more vivid and unique signage in a small Midwestern city.
But that does not surprise given La Crosse’s considerable number of downtown drinking establishments. Wisconsinites love their booze. And this is a college town. Visit in the daytime or early evening and you can avoid that whole bar scene, although remnants of night life may linger the morning after with beer in a glass outside a bar door. (True sighting.)
La Crosse seems, too, part big city urban yet rooted in rural. Somehow the blend works in a downtown that draws all ages.
FYI: Please check back for one more post in this “From La Crosse” series as I take you to one of the city’s most notable natural landmarks.
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