The Eerily Fascinating Mystery Behind The Spooky Abandoned Ghost Ship In Wisconsin

Finding a ship in Prairie du Chien isn’t all that odd, all things considered. The town of about 6,000 sits just north of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, along the state’s western edge about 55 miles north of the state line. Wisconsin’s second-oldest city, it is strategically located as a gateway between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes. So no, boats and ships aren’t rare here – folks have been traveling the waterways here for centuries. But that still doesn’t help explain why a tugboat that sunk in Fort Madison, Iowa – more than 200 miles south of here – sits in a field near a golf course.

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The beached L. Wade Childress is located at 32800 County Road K, Prairie du Chien, WI.

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