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The Way it Was: St. Joseph's Cathedral in 1880

The Way it Was: St. Joseph's Cathedral in 1880

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The Way it Was: St. Joseph's Cathedral in 1880

This 1880 photo, from a stereoview taken by the Winona photographic firm of Elmer & Tenney, shows St. Joseph’s Cathedral at Sixth and Main streets.

This 1880 photo, from a stereoview taken by the Winona photographic firm of Elmer & Tenney, shows St. Joseph’s Cathedral at Sixth and Main streets.

The cornerstone for this Catholic house of worship was laid May 30, 1869, followed by the edifice’s dedication on Oct. 2, 1870, according to local history files.

Due to a lack of funds, the church’s steeple spire was not constructed until 1883. This longtime landmark was razed in 1959 to make way for the present day Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman.

The Catholic Diocese of La Crosse is celebrating its 150th anniversary, having been established on March 3, 1868.

Anyone with more information about this photo or wishing to donate photos of the Coulee Region may contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives at 608-789-7136. 


From Tribune files: A look at life in La Crosse from 1900-1987

From Tribune files: A look at life in La Crosse from 1900-1987

These photos are filled with many familiar faces and places from our area's past.

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