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Our Genealogical Helper for West La Crosse ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about West La Crosse (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for West La Crosse. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for West La Crosse ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with West La Crosse.

  • Typical abbreviation for West La Crosse: W. La Crosse

Newspapers Published in West La Crosse ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around West La Crosse.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West La Crosse, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West La Crosse.

Cemeteries Near West La Crosse ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West La Crosse.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for West La Crosse covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Prospect Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Crucifixion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Onalaska City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Pine Creek Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gate of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dresbach Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Convent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hoffman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Toledo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Immanuel German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brice Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ruff Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Christoph Hammer Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Frederick Hammer Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gable Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oehler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mormon Coulee Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW West Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kienholz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Halfway Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Long Coulee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Loretta Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mound Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hargreaves Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chipmunk Coulee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hiler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheldon Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fairbanks Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Veterans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neshonoc Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Mound Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find West La Crosse in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West La Crosse.

These communities are listed based on their distance from West La Crosse, with the one closest to West La Crosse listed first.

La Crosse   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from West La Crosse
 - 1895 population of 25,090 people (with 51,834 people in 2017)
 - La Crosse had a post office and railroad service
Grand Crossing   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from West La Crosse
 - Grand Crossing had railroad service and no post office
River Junction (MN)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from West La Crosse
 - River Junction had railroad service and no post office
La Crescent (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West La Crosse
 - 1895 population of 400 people (with 5,028 people in 2017)
 - La Crescent had a post office and railroad service
Medary   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West La Crosse
 - Medary had railroad service and no post office
Onalaska   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West La Crosse
 - 1895 population of 1,587 people (with 18,712 people in 2017)
 - Onalaska had a post office and railroad service
Midway   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from West La Crosse
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Midway had a post office and railroad service
Dresbach (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West La Crosse
 - 1895 population of 350 people
 - Dresbach had a post office and railroad service
Calvert   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West La Crosse
 - Calvert had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around West La Crosse. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West La Crosse in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

West La Crosse is located in La Crosse County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of La Crosse County: Houston (MN), Winona (MN), Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau & Vernon.

Below are the counties that are near West La Crosse. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to West La Crosse:

La Crosse     (The home county for West La Crosse)
      French Island   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      La Crosse   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Onalaska   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Medary   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brice Prairie   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Holmen   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barre   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Salem   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fountain City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cross   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waumandee   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochrane   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buffalo City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belvidere   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      De Soto   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Freeman   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ferryville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Utica   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Soldiers Grove   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Sterling   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Bend   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Melrose   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Melrose   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Irving   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albion   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Curran   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black River Falls   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millston   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brockway   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leon   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Portland   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cashton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Melvina   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wells   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Little Falls   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Angelo   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Norwalk   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Lyme   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Viola   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Forest   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trempealeau   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gale   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Galesville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Trempealeau   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wrights Corners   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dodge   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blair   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Preston   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stoddard   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bergen   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hamburg   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chaseburg   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coon Valley   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Coon   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Christiana   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Westby   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Viroqua   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Allamakee (IA)
      New Albin (IA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dorchester (IA)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lansing (IA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Winneshiek (IA)
      Highlandville (IA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hesper (IA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Fillmore (MN)
      Rushford (MN)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rushford Village (MN)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterson (MN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mabel (MN)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whalan (MN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lanesboro (MN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canton (MN)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Houston (MN)
      La Crescent (MN)   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hokah (MN)   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brownsville (MN)   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Houston (MN)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Caledonia (MN)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Eitzen (MN)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Winona (MN)
      Dakota (MN)   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Homer (MN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winona (MN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodview (MN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stockton (MN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Minnesota City (MN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lewiston (MN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rollingstone (MN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyde (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Utica (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Altura (MN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Minneiska (MN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Charles (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to West La Crosse, see our County-by-County Page for West La Crosse.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to West La Crosse:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Wisconsin to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to La Crosse County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buffalo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Trempealeau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vernon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allamakee County (IA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winneshiek County (IA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fillmore County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winona County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of La Crosse County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of La Crosse County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Wisconsin
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About La Crosse County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West La Crosse. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for La Crosse County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in West La Crosse. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West La Crosse) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West La Crosse. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.8455, Longitude: -91.2624     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West La Crosse have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about West La Crosse, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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