La Crosse

La Crosse lə krôs [key], city (1990 pop. 51,003), seat of La Crosse co., W Wis., at the foot of high bluffs on the Mississippi, where the La Crosse and Black rivers meet inc. 1856. Metal products, machinery, building materials, apparel, transportation equipment, and foods and beverages are made in La Crosse. A French fur-trading post was there in the late 18th cent. Later, the city had a thriving lumber industry. A campus of the Univ. of Wisconsin, Viterbo Univ., and a U.S. fish hatchery and experimental farm are in La Crosse. The city also has a zoo, an aquarium, and a historical museum.

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