FERRYVILLE, WI (WXOW)—A 22 mile portion of State Highway 35, from Ferryville to Prairie du Chien, was named after former Wisconsin Governor Patrick J. Lucey.
Lucey served as governor from 1971 to 77.
He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979.
Lucey's accomplishments in office include the formation of the University of Wisconsin System and strengthening of tourism and conservation efforts.
Lucey grew up in Ferryville and went to high school in Prairie du Chien.
His son David said it means a lot to his 95-year-old father to have a portion of the highway in his hometown dedicated to him.
"Its where he learned some of the most important lessons in life and drew a lot of strength from the people and the institutions here," David said.
A historical marker was dedicated to Lucey in Ferryville in 2009.
But Sen. Jennifer Shilling didn't think that was enough so she wrote a provision in the state budget for "Governor Patrick Lucey Highway."
"If people don't stop take the time to read that they won't recognize the history here in Crawford County that we are very proud to have a governor from Ferryville," Shilling said.
Lucey used to ride his bicycle along that stretch of highway. He thought was 17 miles; he found out Wednesday, he has more bragging rights because it was actually 22 miles.
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