featured (A) Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history From the Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history series Feb 8, 2017 2 The Tribune is taking an A-to-Z look at La Crosse area history.For a link to past installments, click here. Ace Telephone Association In this 1972 photo, La Crescent Mayor Martin Miller, seated, was joined by Ace managers David Schroeder, left, and Curtis E. Bratager to demonstrate the telephone company's new equipment that provided free "direct distance dialing" between La Crescent and La Crosse. Ace was later renamed AcenTek, and today is based in Houston, Minn. Tribune file photo A G Cooperative In this 1976 file photo, employees at A G Cooperative in Arcadia work on a production line. The company was acquired by Gold'n Plump in 1993 and continues to be one of Trempealeau County's largest employers. Tribune file photo Allen's department store Allen's department store opened in June 1981 inside the former J.C. Penney store in downtown La Crosse. The two-story retailer, which featured clothing and a tea room, was operated by Allen Baker, who at the time operated a department store in Winona, Minn., and card shops in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The short-lived store closed in the fall of 1982. Tribune file photo Alley Kat The Alley Kat, an adult bookstore, was located 407 S. Third St. In 1978, La Crosse had three such stores — Best Buy Books was located at 2316 S. Third St. and Pure Pleasure Book Store at 611 Main St. — and the owners of these establishments were opposed to a referendum approved in 1978 that banned the distribution of pornography in the city. Allis Chalmers In February 1969, Allis Chalmers announced it would shutter its plant in La Crosse. There were 375 employees working at the tractor manufacturer at the time of the closure. The buildings, located in the 500 block of North Third Street, were razed in late 1970 and early 1971. Today this site, just north of the La Crosse Tribune building, is a parking lot. Tribune file photo Amtrak This train, which arrived in La Crosse at 3:45 p.m. May 1, 1971, was the first Amtrak train to come to the city. During the five-minute stop, City Council President Loren Wardwell, center, talks with Milwaukee Road passenger agent Frank Daley, left, and La Crosse Tribune assistant district sales manager Gordon T. Sims. Amtrak continues to service the La Crosse area, with two stops of the Empire Builder scheduled daily. Tribune file photo Ardie's Restaurant In this 1981 photo, 17-year-old Linda Craig, left, and her sister, 18-year-old Judy Craig, work in the kitchen at Ardie's Restaurant, 514 Lang Drive. Many members of the Craig family worked at the North Side restaurant, which today is located at 400 Lang Drive. Tribune file photo Arenz Shoe Co. Arenz Shoe Co., which was located at 323-325 Pearl St., was open from 1903 to 1992. Today the location is home to Pearl Street Books, which uses many of wooden shelves seen in this 1977 photo. Tribune file photo Ashley Furniture In this 1985 file photo, Cleo Lisowski, left, and Karen Solberg assemble furniture at the Ashley Furniture factory in Arcadia. The Wisconsin-based company, which was established in 1945, is now the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world. Tribune file photo Auto-Lite Before closing in the late 1960s, the La Crosse Electric Auto-Lite plant was one of the city's largest employers. The 520,000-square-foot complex, shown here in a 1974 file photo, spans more than a city block along Rose and Gillette streets and is now home to Central States Warehouse. Tribune file photo 2 comments Previous Next More in Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history (1 of 26) (B) Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history Read more Tags Local-history In this Series Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history 1 Feb 8, 2017 collection (A) Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history 2 Jul 15, 2016 collection (B) Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history 3 Jul 21, 2016 collection (C) Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history 26 updates Related to this collection Local Hometown History: The La Crosse Interstate Fair Jul 11, 2016 Fairgoers take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Interstate Fair midway in the early 1950s at what is now part of the University of Wisc… Local Places of the past: An alphabetical look back at La Crosse area history May 29, 2019 The Tribune is taking an A-to-Z look at La Crosse area history.