Viroqua

Wisconsin. There are several versions of how Viroqua got its name, of which none are entirely certain. The most romantic of these stories is that Viroqua was named after a Blackhawk Indian maiden; supposedly she leaped to death over a tragic lost love. A large rock outcropping within the city park, which is not far from the county court house, is reputedly the site of her demise. The city has a population of approximately 4400 and the county population is around 28,000. Because of the uniqueness of topography and the landscape of the area, all of Vernon County is sometimes referred to as the Driftless Area, the Coulee Region or Wisconsin’s Hill Country. This distinctive region was by-passed during the last continental glaciers, thus preserving the rugged hilly landscape of Vernon County.

 

In 1989 Viroqua was honored as a Main Street City, and many of its building are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Since our city is really a small town, the opportunity to become involved and participate in the growth, development and planning of the city is available to all. There is a diverse blend of business and culture. We are also known for having a Waldorf School, which brings in many new families with interest in the environment, organic farming and the arts. Viroqua offers small town values and a quality of life. We have a quality healthcare facility at the ever expanding Vernon Memorial Hospital and Gunderson Lutheran Viroqua Clinic, as well as many holistic practitioners. Other fitness opportunities are the Bigley indoor pool constructed in 2003 and a physical therapy & fitness center.

 

Each Saturday morning from June to October there is a farmers market on Main Street in the parking lot of the WWTC campus. Many visitors flock to our Main Street enjoying a Saturday mornings of shopping at the many specialty art galleries, antique stores and lunching at the Viroqua Food Coop. Viroqua Hills Country club is a great 18-hole golf course; children enjoy the Eckhart Enchantment Playground and the Viroqua Community Arena has a NHL sized ice hockey rink. If you enjoy live stage performances the Temple Theater offers weekly entertainment varying from Classical Harp by Liz Cifini to the Cowboy Country singing of Michael Martin Murphy, just to name a few.

 

If you are seeking a quality lifestyle combined with beautiful surrounding scenery, then the panoramic ridge top views and our quaint hidden valleys will welcome you to Viroqua!

 

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