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A highly muggled area when the university is in session, as students are constantly passing through this area.
Goosetowners agree that “Goosetown” is more than just a name, it’s a mystique! The neighborhood was disseminated by campus expansion of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in the 1960’s. Portions of the old neighborhood exists along 13th and 14th streets between Pine and Vine streets, along short 12th street and West Avenue between LaCrosse and Pine streets, and on Oakland street between Farwell and Badger street.
In 1983 the remaining parcel of parkland on the hill at Forest Avenue abd La Crosse street was named “Goosetown Park” by the City of La Crosse Park Commission. The following year a large quarry stone slab was donated by Harry Viner and was installed in the park. Appropriately, the stone was a remnant of the foundation of the old La Crosse Hospital that Viner’s wrecking company had razed several years before. The La Crosse Historical Site Commission placed a bronze marker on the stone designating the area as the site of the old “Goosetown Ethnic Neighborhood.” In 1987, after many students of the University had noticed the bronze marker and became interested in preserving the heritage of Goosetown, the UW-La Crosse administration, representatives of the student body and a committee of former Goosetown neighbors worked together to develop a memorial campus mall along old Farwell Street. A decorative wrought Iron and masonry archway was erected at 14th and Farwell. A gala cderemony in October, 1987, twin bronze tablets with commemorative text by students and neighbors were unveiled to foramally dedicate the Goosetown Mall”
Goosetown Park is about all that is left of the old Goosetown that I grew up in. A piece of land and great memories. The University has taken over most of it. I used to live where the Murphy Library is now. I used to ride my bike with neighbor kids through all the sidewalks of the “Teachers College” and catch frogs in the window wells. Where the stadium is used to be was The Fairgrounds. Used to sneak under the fence to get in for the rides and see all the animals in the livestock barns. The curling rink used to be in one of the barns during the winter months. All the neighborhood businesses are gone, but flourished in their day. A little shoe repair shop, my grandfathers, A&R Grocery store, I used to go to A&R Grocery store and get my grandfather Plowboy chewing tobacco, Weigent Barber shop, Bob’s confectionary, Stavlo’s grocery store, Schubert meat market (the best bologna and wieners ever, they used to give you a sample of bologna every time you came in the market, miss them), Burgmeier grocery store, LaCrosse Hospital on Badger and 13th street, Washington Elementary school, where the Center for the Arts is now. Have fun looking for it in this little area, thinking back that I used to run around this whole part of town, many, many blocks.
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Last Updated: on 7/24/2014 2:20:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:20 PM GMT)
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