A group looking out at the countryside from Grandad Bluff on May 30, 1904. -- Courtesy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse / #2076

A group looking out at the countryside from Grandad Bluff on May 30, 1904.

Courtesy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse / #2076

Travel La Crosse: The Bluffs

Grandad Bluff has long been a focal point of the La Crosse community, looking down on the town. For years it has been a photo and picnic destination for families. In the early 1900s people would wear their Sunday best despite the considerable hike to the top, just to get a family portrait with the view.

A group making a stop while on a drive near the bluffs, circa 1915. -- Courtesy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse / #8129

A group making a stop while on a drive near the bluffs, circa 1915.

Courtesy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse / #8129

More than just a pretty sight, the bluffs of La Crosse have been involved in industry as well. Limestone was quarried from the bluffs for building, and agriculture companies had the bluffs as a lovely backdrop to their daily fieldwork.

Workers planting for Salzer Seed Company at the Ebner homestead, circa 1915. -- Courtesy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse / #450

Workers planting for Salzer Seed Company at the Ebner homestead, circa 1915.

Courtesy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse / #450

Tired and thirsty hikers or quarry workers could even stop into the Bluffside Tavern after a day of hard work or family fun.

A view of Bluffside Tavern at the east end of Main Street near Grandad Bluff, circa 1915. -- Courtesy La Crosse Public Library and La Crosse County Historical Society / pc007-01-28-002

A view of Bluffside Tavern at the east end of Main Street near Grandad Bluff, circa 1915.

Courtesy La Crosse Public Library and La Crosse County Historical Society / pc007-01-28-002

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