1. After her relatives left for the reservation in Wisconsin, Emma Big Bear Holt stayed by her beloved Mississippi River, making beautiful baskets and jewelry for a living. She is a direct descendant of Chief Decorah of the Winnebago which are now called Ho-Chunk. Part of her home is still preserved at The Winery in Marquette, Iowa. (Dedicated July 16, 2011)

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  2. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the development of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park at Prairie du Chien may make a tax deductible donation in any amount.

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  3. Voyageurs were men hired especially to paddle the canoes and work on the long river trips that the fur traders, explorers and missionaries undertook. Most of these men were French Canadians, many of them familiar with the river ways and the frontier. (Dedicated May 30, 2009)

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  4. Black Hawk (Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, Black Sparrow Hawk, 1767-1838), a Sauk war chief, led a faction of Sauk and Fox in 1832 to defend their ancestral lands that had been ceded to the U.S. in an 1804 treaty. This action resulted in the Black Hawk War which ended with the Battle of Bad Axe near Prairie du Chien. Black Hawk escaped but surrendered at Ft. Crawford a few weeks later in August 1832. (Dedicated October 8, 2005)

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  5. This Victorian woman's clothing, circa 1894, was known as a "tailor suit" and was considered appropriate for an active woman. It consisted of a one-piece bodice with large leg-o-mutton sleeves. Typically made from dark wool broadcloth, the bodice front and collar were often made of silk. (Dedicated November 4, 2006)

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