Prairie du Chien

Episode 306: Shot in Summer 2013, first aired in February 2014

This is an old river town, so sometimes it’s tough to sort the facts from the myths. Ghosts in old jails, fish that fall from the sky on New Year’s Eve that people kiss, grannies who play basketball, and a man that makes jerky out of just about every creature he catches: Only in Prairie du Chien are those things facts. Also facts: You can absorb late 19th century family life at Villa Louis, sympathize with the British and American soldiers who fought the only Wisconsin battle of the War of 1812, contemplate the lives of Native Americans by visiting the Indian Effigy Mounds, and then consider the history of the entire universe with the Starsplitters! After that, rejoin life in the early 21st century and eat, shop, quilt, play cards, gaze at the Mississippi, and go to Mass at the oldest Catholic parish in Wisconsin. John Gurda told us that Prairie du Chien means “field of the dog.” Since John McGivern took Spanish in high school instead of French, he thought it meant “a prairie of chins.” See why we need John Gurda?