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.
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.
Tired and thirsty hikers or quarry workers could even stop into the Bluffside Tavern after a day of hard work or family fun.
See more history of La Crosse in the La Crosse Tribune's new hardcover pictorial history book La Crosse Memories.