Rustic Road 31

R-31 travelers can view a pair of historic homes: the Palmer-Gullickson Octagon House, on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Hamlin Garland Homestead, where the late Pulitzer prize-winning author, who was born near West Salem, did much of his writing. Other points of interest include the former home of Thomas Leonard, founder of West Salem, and Swarthout Lakeside Park, a recreation area near Lake Neshonoc.


LaCrosse County. R-31 travels on several streets in the Village of West Salem to County Road C, north to State Highway 16, then loops around Swarthout Lakeside Park, back to State Highway 16.

Tour Type

  • Scenic Drives