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Lincoln Middle School gets nomination as historic site in La Crosse



A La Crosse school named after a U.S. president, which is about to close after a century of classes, could be named a historic site in the city.

The nomination of Lincoln Middle School as a historic landmark has gotten a positive vote from La Crosse’s Heritage Preservation Commission. A public hearing on the proposal is expected next month.

Chris Woodard of the city council told the commission that he would like to see Lincoln remain as an important piece of the Washburn neighborhood.

“We can’t be getting rid of historic structures like this, for mundane things like building a new development,” said Woodard. “That doesn’t make much sense. There’s much more use left in this building, if done right.”

The La Crosse School District voted to close Lincoln at the end of the school year, as a money-saving measure. It was just included on this year’s list of the Most Endangered Buildings in La Crosse, along with the Hogan Administrative Center for the school system.

Another council member, Tamra Dickinson, tells the commission that she’s heard from people who live near Lincoln.

“They were very interested in being sure that it would still be a community hub,” she said, “and that was part of their interest, to try and get more use of the building itself and the auditorium.”

The historic label would apply only to the original building from the 1920’s, and not the cafeteria portion added in the 50’s.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Mayor west

    May 26, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Use Lincoln to house the hobos

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