This year is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Crawford. Both the bicentennial and the Prairie du Chien Historical Society were featured in the Courier Press this February.
Fort Crawford stood guard over Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, from 1816 until 1856. Now, the Fort Crawford Museum displays the history of the fort, its city, and the many lives that crossed here.
The museum will open for the year on May 1. Visit us May through October for a self-guided tour or attend one of our upcoming events.
See the Tools of Frontier Medicine
Learn how army surgeon William Beaumont pioneered the study of human digestion through his experiments at the Fort Crawford Military Hospital. Next, discover Civil War Medicine and the history of the Swift U.S. Army Hospital.
Explore Wisconsin's Military History
View the artifacts uncovered in archaeological excavations of old Fort Crawford as you follow the story of the Black Hawk War and its participants, including Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis.
Delve into Prairie du Chien's Past
See how Wisconsin's second oldest city grew from a frontier fur trading village into a midwestern rivertown as you encounter exhibits on local schools, historic businesses, and the coming of the railroad.
- Museum opens for 20th season
- May 1, 2016
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- Museum opens for 20th season and the 200th Anniversary of Fort Crawford. See More →
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