Built in the last years of the Civil War, the Dousman Hotel was built right along the Mississippi River. It is now an event space. Much of the historic portion of Prairie du Chien was demolished after a flood in the 1960s. It is a very historic town.
On my way from the Effigy Mounds to Dubuque, I missed a turn and ended up heading into Lancaster, Wisconsin. I passed by a sign announcing that it was the “City of the Dome,” and as I rounded a bend into town, I spotted a rich red and orange building peeking through the greenery of…