Nestled in the narrow Root River Valley, 39 miles west of La Crosse on Highway 16, is the tiny town of Peterson, founded in 1867, when the railroad was built on land donated for the use by Peter Peterson Haslerud. He owned and platted the village site and was the major force behind the early growth and development of Peterson.
Peterson is home to a number of businesses, the Peterson City Hall and the 1877 Peterson Station Museum, formerly the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad Depot. You can view the Root River from another angle by putting your canoe in at the DNR Public Launch. Campers enjoy the city-owned RV campground in the City Park, with electric outlets and water and sewer hook-up at each site, and public restrooms in the park. Be sure to check out the City Park’s softball field and the new pavilion built in 1998 for use by local residents and visitors to the RV campsites. Nearby is the Peterson Fish Hatchery, which stocks trout to many local streams and the Root River.
The Root River State Bike Trail intersects the heart of this quaint town. A tourist center is now open in the new addition adjacent to the Peterson Station Museum. More information about Peterson can be viewed at the website www.petersonmn.org.