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Dark La Crosse Stories

The stories, which are all at least 50 years old, cover everything from the city’s red-light district and counterfeiters, to a double homicide and suicide, and murder over a pearl when La Crosse had an established pearl industry.

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 17: The Disappearance of Evelyn Hartley

On the 17th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library explores the recent disappearance of a local teenager in a tale that haunts the city to this day.

15mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 8: The Enticer

On the eighth episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library takes a look at a #metoo worthy story involving a "doctor" and an aspiring actress in the early 20th century. The Dark…

7mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 10: The Pit on French Island

On the tenth episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library digs deep into a tale of a medical anomaly, desperation and finally, relief. The Dark La Crosse Stories series is made possible…

10mins

9 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 15: Murder in the Mormon Coulee

On the 15th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library uncovers a sordid tale of two pioneers, the end to their shared dream of finding riches in the mid-18th Century frontier and…

9mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 14: Murder on the River

On the 14th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library dives deep into the history of the Black and Mississippi Rivers, the logging industry and a deadly conflict that arose between two…

10mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 9: A Close Shave

On the ninth episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library chases down a tale connecting the city of La Crosse to infamous mobster, John Dillinger. The Dark La Crosse Stories series is…

8mins

25 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 13: South Side Counterfeiter

On the 13th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library explores a tenuous link between the city's current mayor, Tim Kabat, and a counterfeiter who lived on the south side over a…

11mins

20 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 11: Frankie La Salle talks about city's Red Light District

On the 11th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library tells the stories of Frankie La Salle, a veteran of the world’s oldest profession during its golden age in downtown La Crosse.

12mins

23 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 18: The Black Maria and Other Stories

On the 18th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library breaks the tension with a few short vignettes into mysterious but funny events of the past.

9mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 25: Long ago newspaper editor accused of treason

La Crosse newspaper man Marcus ‘Brick’ Pomeroy took a controversial position during the Civil War.

12mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 22: Dr. Frank Powell was city's greatest showman

The sharp-shooting physician and politician, who called himself White Beaver, made his fortune selling cough syrup and his fame through dime-store novels full of outlandish tales of his frontier exploits with friend William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

14mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 19: 1940 Armistice Day storm hits La Crosse area

On the 19th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library tells the stories of the deadly storm that hit the upper Midwest on Nov. 11, 1940. The Dark La Crosse Stories series…

9mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 20: The Mystery of Dr. McLoone

The 1947 story of a prominent La Crosse physician who was shot four times along Hwy. 16 while making house calls.

11mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 12: Guilty Soldier on the Run

On the 12th episode of Dark La Crosse Stories, the archives team at the La Crosse Public Library becomes embedded in the past with a story about service, struggle and murder.

8mins

6 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 27: La Crosse's darkest hour

This is the first in a two-part story that describes how a political celebration turned ugly in 1884. The second part will be released March 17.

8mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #15