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West Prairie, Wisconsin
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Our Genealogical Helper for West Prairie ...

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 Prairie (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 Prairie. 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 Prairie ...

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 Prairie.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Prairie: W. Prairie

Newspapers Published in West Prairie ...

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 105 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Prairie.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Prairie, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Prairie.

Cemeteries Near West Prairie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Prairie.

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 Prairie covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Piper Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Trempealeau Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tamarack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bohris Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Cedar Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Cliff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cortland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Witoka Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fountain City 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.<2>

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

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

Homer (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Homer had a post office and railroad service
Centerville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Centerville had a post office and no railroad service
East Winona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Prairie
 - East Winona had railroad service and no post office
Lamoille (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Prairie
 - Lamoille had a post office and railroad service
Sugarloaf (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Prairie
 - Sugarloaf had railroad service and no post office
Pickwick (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Pickwick had a post office and no railroad service
Dodge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 179 people
 - Dodge had a post office and railroad service
Trempealeau   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 631 people (with 1,630 people in 2017)
 - Trempealeau had a post office and railroad service
Bluff Siding   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from West Prairie
 - Bluff Siding had railroad service and no post office
Bohri - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bohri was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Prairie
 - Bohri had a post office and no railroad service

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Trempealeau County: Winona (MN), Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson & La Crosse.

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

Trempealeau     (The home county for West Prairie)
      Trempealeau   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wrights Corners   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dodge   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Trempealeau   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Galesville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gale   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New City - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Preston   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cross   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fountain City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waumandee   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cochrane   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buffalo City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belvidere   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montana   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alma   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Eau Claire
      Drammen   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Creek   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Bend   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Melrose   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Melrose   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Irving   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Curran   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Albion   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      York   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hixton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hixton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Northfield   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
La Crosse
      Holland   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brice Prairie   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Holmen   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      French Island   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      La Crosse   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Medary   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Salem   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barre   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Little Falls   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leon   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Lyme   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Portland   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Angelo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Melvina   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Albany   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pepin   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bergen   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stoddard   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hamburg   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chaseburg   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coon Valley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coon   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Allamakee (IA)
      New Albin (IA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fillmore (MN)
      Rushford (MN)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rushford Village (MN)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterson (MN)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whalan (MN)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lanesboro (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chatfield (MN)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fountain (MN)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mabel (MN)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Preston (MN)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Houston (MN)
      La Crescent (MN)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Houston (MN)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hokah (MN)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brownsville (MN)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Caledonia (MN)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eitzen (MN)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Olmsted (MN)
      Dover (MN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eyota (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Viola (MN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wabasha (MN)
      Kellogg (MN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wabasha (MN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Plainview (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reads Landing (MN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elgin (MN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millville (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winona (MN)
      Homer (MN)   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Winona (MN)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Goodview (MN)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Minnesota City (MN)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stockton (MN)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dakota (MN)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rollingstone (MN)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lewiston (MN)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Minneiska (MN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Altura (MN)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Utica (MN)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elba (MN)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beaver (MN) - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that 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 Prairie:

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 Trempealeau County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buffalo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Eau Claire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
La Crosse County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pepin 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    
Fillmore County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Olmsted County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wabasha 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 Trempealeau County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Trempealeau 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 ...

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About Trempealeau County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Trempealeau 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 Prairie. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Prairie) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Prairie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0641, Longitude: -91.5157     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Prairie have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Prairie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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