Strengthen the Arm of Liberty: La Crosse

400 Main Street

This is clearly the base for the statue, but Lady Liberty is missing. A quick call to city hall and I learned the city is doing restoration work on the statue and the pedestal. Next time I am in La Crosse. I will update the pics.

The city’s original land belonged to Denman and Ellen Stubbs, who moved to Kansas from La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1874. The Stubbs were the first developers of the new city, which they named after their hometown. 

In the 1960s, La Crosse established the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum and nicknamed the city, “The Barbed Wire Capital of the World.” Often referred to as the “Devil’s Rope” the fencing started popping up between 1870 and 1890.  There are over 2,000 types of barbed wire on display at the museum.

Jeremy likes to tease me about visiting these types of roadside attractions.  The Barbed Wire Museum is the example he always uses, even though neither one of us have been there.  I was disappointed it was closed on this trip.  But I had to get a picture for Jeremy.

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