These historical photos from the Coulee Region are a reminder about how our region used to look.

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PhysicsIsFun

When I was in high school at Central (1963 - 1966), all of our basketball games were played at the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium. Plus our graduation was held there. Now when I go to see my high school or the auditorium they are both gone. It is kind of sad.

Jax

Buildings like the courthouse,should never have ben torn down,the prettiest cities i have ben to have kept a mix of the old and new,what a shame these buildings werent kept.

oldhomey

Agreed, Jax. I had forgotten how imposing the old courthouse was, one of the best I have seen. It should have remained as a centerpiece for the city, though I suppose it was an awkward building to repurpose. It would have worked as the repository for the La Crosse Historical Society, I would think, with large courtrooms suitable as exhibit spaces. The Montgomery Ward building was a monstrosity that was an eyesore the day it opened.

capedcrusader

So is our present day City Hall. It looks like something designed in the former Soviet Union. The good thing is that we could gut it someday and turn it into a parking ramp.

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