What Wisconsin town is named for a sport that was observed there by explorers?
La Crosse, WI
La Crosse is a city in the state of Wisconsin. The first Europeans to see the site of La Crosse were French explorers who traveled the Mississippi River in the late 17th century. As they ascended the river, they saw the Indians playing a game on the prairie that stretched two miles eastward from the bluffs. The game was played with a long-handed racquet that reminded the French of their tennis game which they called "la crosse". They recorded the location's name as "Prairie La Crosse". By the 1850s the town had shortened the name to, La Crosse.
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