In early 1961, the city of La Crosse was getting ready to build a nearly 400 car ramp at Market Square. A New York company was hired to design the ramp, costing about half a million dollars. The ramp would open a year later around Washington’s birthday, and it would be used until the 1990’s, when the current Market Square ramp was built.
A plan by La Crosse to annex part of the Town of Shelby was compared to the Soviet Union. “Too Khrushchevian,” said Shelby town chairman Robert Frederick. He argued that if the city’s proposal to annex 2000 acres, including State Road School, turned out to be a “land grab scheme,” then it must be opposed.
The American Medical Association predicted that by the year 2000, it might be common for Americans to live to be 120 years old, maybe even 140. The experts based their prediction on a study of the Hunza people of Pakistan, who were said to live beyond 100, on a diet low on meat or eggs, but high in fruit, vegetables, grains, and goat cheese. Live long and prosper, in 1961, yesterday in La Crosse.