Why a Visit to La Crosse Scientific Instruments
A family vacation gave me the opportunity to find La Crosse instruments. In the Summer of 2018, I was going on a road trip vacation with my wife.
Our starting point was western, NY State, and our goal was Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were going to drive for 7 days total on the trip.
Back in March, when we started planning out this trip the main question was where to visit in the Mid-Western section of the United States.
After a lengthy conversation and using plans from a year ago, we decided on going to the Field of Dreams Movie set from the famous movie in Dyersville, Iowa.
From there I had a desire to try to find the home office for La Crosse Scientific Instruments a popular weather station manufacturer.
It would be around a 105-mile drive to La Crosse, Wisconsin from Dyersville, Iowa. So we made the trip to La Crosse on a hot Sunday, July afternoon.
But Why La Crosse
When I started George Loves Weather in 2016, my love for following the weather was a force behind my site. My love and curiosity about La Crosse Technologies were what lead us to find La Crosse, Wisconsin.
I have done reviews of the La Crosse weather stations here in my blog.
You may read a couple of them here.
La Crosse 327-1414W Color Weather Station
I have personally found their weather stations to consistently produce and to be reliable weather reading gatherers. Here are a couple of pictures taken on that Sunday afternoon in La Crosse.
The first is of downtown LaCrosse, then there is me standing in front of their headquarters, and then a candid photo was taken as we were driving along the Mississippi River heading north towards La Crosse from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
The Biggest Flaw Was that They Were Closed on Sunday
Our trip was a long trip and everything doesn’t always work out as planned. You know it’s called Murphy’s Law. So our arrival on a Sunday evening was disappointing to me. I really would have liked to meet the good people at La Crosse Technologies, but alas that didn’t happen.
So why go? Well, they were too close to being on our way to Rapid City, South Dakota, to simply say that we just couldn’t get there, so I decided we would go anyway. It was my goal to find it and now I can say that I have been there.
In fact, on our next road trip, we will be heading north from Chicago, Illinois area to southeast Wisconsin to find out where the AcuRite weather stations are manufactured and headquartered.
They are part of a company called Chaney Instrument Co. Chaney is a family-owned business headquartered in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
I have written numerous reviews on AcuRIte weather stations as well. You may read a couple of these here.
AcuRite 01007M Atlas Weather Station-New & Exciting
AcuRite 01512 Pro Color Weather Station
AcuRite 01301 Pro 3-in-1 Color Station | An Updated Review
Our Arrival In La Crosse and How It Went
A Sunday arrival it was. La Crosse the city was easy to find, we just had to drive along the mighty Mississippi River for over 50 miles before we drove into the city.
It was around 5:00 pm so we needed to try to find the campus of the La Crosse Technologies home office.
After some research on our phones and then talking to a few people inside a large grocery store (Festival Foods) we thought we had a beat on where it was located.
We found that we needed to go a bit east from where we were and then south out towards the bluffs as they call it in La Crosse.
La Crosse’s Home Office Was Very Unassuming
So we finally found the address 2809 Losey Blvd S, La Crosse, WI 54601. It appeared at first glance to be a retail shop for clocks, in fact, they featured all types of clocks, as well as weather stations and weather station monitoring equipment.
But as we got out and walked along with the building we realized that the left side of the building was what we were looking for. It was definitely the home office and labs for La Crosse Technologies. It was cool to have found it.
The right side was the retail side and the left side was the office part of the company.
My wife and I walked around the front of the building.
I could see inside the windows, and I saw some weather stations that were probably being tested in the labs plus the welcome area to the corporate side could be seen inside the front door as well.
It Was Disappointing Not To Introduce Ourselves
My original goal was to meet the company people and get to talk to them about their wonderful weather stations.
But we were impressed with the company offices that we could see, and it is always nice to match reality with what you see online.
Here are some pictures from our stop at La Crosse Technologies on that Sunday evening in July 2018.