We were passengers on the American Queen Steamboat that stopped by for a visit on Aug. 11.

We found La Crosse the most beautiful, welcoming and friendly of all the ports along the river, especially Riverside Park with its benches, monuments and especially the metal statue of the boy and girl clinging to the fence with the little dog looking back.

Many of your citizens were dressed in Victorian-American era outfits and all were friendly and welcoming to us as visitors and made us all feel at home.

When I was returning to the steamboat in the late afternoon, a young boy dressed in the way “newspaper boys” dressed a hundred or more years ago, came forward and handed me your newspaper, which I did read and brought back to New Hampshire.

I want to thank all those La Crosse citizens who took their time, money and effort to be ambassadors of your beloved town. I hope someday that we may visit La Crosse again, but if not, we’ll have wonderful memories and will tell friends here of our time with you.

Ed O’Brien and Denys Draper, Easton, N.H.

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