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Freddie K. the Polka King
(1913 - 2002)
location:   Baileys Harbor  /  Sister Bay
local legend

Freddie K. the Polka King
photo courtesy of Door County Compass
Freddie K. the Polka King
photo courtesy of Door County Brewing
The world is a little less joyous since the mortal departure of Door County legend Freddie Kodanko, who was a happy man, known for his love of polkas, dancing and playing his homemade "polkacello" at the AC Tap, and crate-building. Door County Brewing has created a beer in honor of Freddie, with the perfect name of Polka King Porter. Also in honor of Freddie is a tractor parade beginning from the AC Tap.

"The passing of Freddie K, a.k.a. The Polka King, famous disc jockey, inventor of the spider dance, stick drummer, farmer, canner, crate maker, expert tractor driver, and visual Door County icon representing what makes Northern Door a unique place, marks the end of an era - a loss to all who visit and live on the Door."
– section from Door County Compass
black_arrow   A.C. Tap
9322 Highway 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
(920) 839-2426
Flickr
Door County Compass photos
www.flickr.com
Bear Suit Sucker Punch
(song about the Polka King)
bearsspunch.tumblr.com
Door County Brewing Company
brewers of "Polka King Porter" beer
www.doorcountybrewingco.com
Journal Sentinel Online
1. article "Door County Polka King unleashes the music inside" or archived (here)
2. article "(death announcement - scroll to bottom of story)" or archived (here)
Door County Compass
article "Door County Millennium Man" or archived (here)
Peninsula Pulse
1. article "Tractor Ride Honors the Door County Polka King" or archived (here)
2. article "Characters of the Parades" or archived (here)
book:
"Door Way"
by Norbert Blei
Spoon River Poetry Press (1981)
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2
Goats Grazing on Sod Roof
at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik
location:   Sister Bay
restaurant with character

Goats Grazing on Sod Roof
Goats Grazing on Sod Roof
Goats Grazing on Sod Roof
Several goats graze on the restaurant's grass-covered roof. Watch yourself as you enter the building as to avoid taking a hoof to the forehead if one of the goats should happen to tumble off the edge. Well, it's possible, isn't it? Anyway, just head inside and enjoy the Swedish pancakes.
[ Also check out the Traumatized Troll in the lobby (right) ]
black_arrow   700 N Bay Shore Dr.
Sister Bay, WI 54234
(920) 854-2626
 web links
Official Site
www.aljohnsons.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Rick's
yesrick.com
ComPortOne
www.comportone.com
Door County Folk Festival (DCFF)
www.dcff.net
Wisconsin State Journal
article "Lars Johnson Has Goats on His Roof and a Stable of Lawyers to Prove It" or archived (here)
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Obituary for Al Johnson" or archived (here)
Door County Today
article "Remembering Al" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 105 – 106
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 99 – 102
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book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 176 – 177
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“Goats on the Roof at Al Johnson's in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, 2012 ”
video by seanoconor1
“Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik ”
video by DoorCounty Today
3
Cherry-Pit Spitting Competition
at Lautenbach's Orchard Country
location:   Fish Creek
event

Take a tour of the vineyard, drink a little wine, pick your own cherries, then try your hand at breaking the state record for spitting pits.

Current records:
MEN: 48 feet, 1 inch
WOMEN: 38 feet, 3 inches
black_arrow   9197 State Hwy 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212
(920) 868-3479
hours:
Market: (May through November) open daily 9am – 5pm

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section below
Cherry-Pit Spitting Competition
 web links
Official Site
www.orchardcountry.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Door County Wine Trail
www.doorcountywinetrail.com
 books & video
book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 164
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“Orchard Country Winery & Market”
video by OrchardCountryWinery
“Door County Farm Markets”
video by ExploreTheDoor
4
Door County-Shaped Grave
at Blossomburg Cemetery
location:   Fish Creek
unique grave

The grave marker of Sheriff Hollis Bridenhagen bears resemblance to the county he served.

Read more about it in the 2000 edition of Michael Feldman's "Wisconsin Curiosities".
black_arrow   9462 Shore Road
Fish Creek, WI 54212
(920) 868-3258
Door County-Shaped Grave
Find-A-Grave
www.findagrave.com
Roots Web
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press (1st ed., 2000)
page(s) 105
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5
Wood Carvings of Pumpkin Pa & Fresh Pie Ma
at Koepsel's Farm Market
location:   Baileys Harbor  /  Baileys Harbor
roadside oddity

Wood Carvings of Pumpkin Pa & Fresh Pie Ma
Wood Carvings of Pumpkin Pa & Fresh Pie Ma
Pa looks like he could cause some damage if he wanted to. Say 'please' and 'thank you' to Ma when accepting a piece of pie and you'll leave with your limbs intact.
black_arrow  (6 miles north of Bailey's Harbor on Highway 57 or 3 miles south of Sister Bay)
9669 Highway 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
(920) 854-2433
hours:
May thru October (open daily at 8am)
Official Site
www.koepsels.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Ephraim, Door County
www.ephraim-doorcounty.com
6
Banana Split Sturgeon
at Culver's Restaurant - Citgo Station
location:   Sturgeon Bay
roadside oddity

Banana Split Sturgeon
Banana Split Sturgeon
No, not a real flavor...
This sturgeon-shaped figure has been given a banana-like color scheme and topped with three scoops of custard, which hopefully does not represent Culver's new flavor combination.
black_arrow  (at the drive-thru lane)
5581 Gordon Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54325
(920) 746-0870
Official Site
(no mention of sturgeon)
www.culvers.com
7
Cheese Mouse Statues
at Renard's Cheese Stores (2 locations)
location:   Sturgeon Bay  /  Algoma (Kewaunee County)
roadside oddity / cheese pride

Cheese Mouse Statues
Cheese Mouse Statues
These are two more examples from the area of this mouse variety, which differs from those such as the kind found at Arena Cheese in Dane County. This may be known as your "northeastern cheese mouse".
black_arrow  Renard's Cloverleaf Dairy
2189 County Road DK
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 825-7272
black_arrow  Renard's Rosewood Dairy
248 County Trunk S
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-6626
Official Site
www.renards.com
Door Bell
www.doorbell.net
Flickr
1. Renard's west flickr.com
2. Renard's east flickr.com
Insight on Business
www.insightonbusiness.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
8
Albert Zahn's Bird Park
PRIVATE PROPERTY
gone
location:   Baileys Harbor
unique architecture

Albert Zahn's Bird Park
Albert Zahn's Bird Park
"Albert Zahn, a native of the Prussian province of Pomerania (then located in Germany), came to Wisconsin as a young man. His nickname in life was “the birdman of Door County,” so-called because of the manner in which he transformed his home in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, into an art environment covered with his carved and painted bird forms and angels. Although the art environment is now disassembled, the house that Zahn called “Birds Park” still stands at the north end of Baileys Harbor."
– section from Kohler Arts Center website
black_arrow  was at: 8223 State Highway 57
Bailey's Harbor, WI
Wisconsin Historical Society
1. www.wisconsinhistory.org
2. postcard www.wisconsinhistory.org
Kohler Foundation
www.kohlerfoundation.org
John Michael Kohler Art Center
www.jmkac.org
The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
www.art.org
Door County Today
article "The Birdman of Baileys Harbor: Albert Zahn" or archived (here)
9
Belgian Roadside Chapel
location:   Brussels
religious shrine

Belgian Roadside Chapel
Belgian Roadside Chapel
One of many signs of Belgian influence in the area. More shrines are located in Kewaunee & Brown counties.
black_arrow   on Highway 57, 2 miles east of Brussels on south side of road
Ethnic Wisconsin
www.ethnicwisconsin.org
UW-Green Bay
Walloon Emigration to Wisconsin
www.uwgb.edu
Walloon Belgians Door Peninsula
walloonbelgiansdoorpeninsula.
weebly.com

Silent Sports
article "Head to eastern Wisconsin for a BELGIAN BIKE TOUR" or archived (here)
10
Door County Fish Boils
location:   all over Door County
event

Door County Fish Boils
One fine kettle of fish sits idly by as the other nears boiling over...
Door County Fish Boils
...thanks to a little help from good old "paraffin oil".
In brief: whitefish, potatoes & onions set in boiling water get a final "boil over" from a can of kerosene thrown into the fire below the kettle. Usually served with a piece of cherry pie. Dinner and a show.
black_arrow   look at Door County Visitor Bureau link at right for participating restaurants
Door County Visitor Bureau
www.doorcounty.com
Lake Michigan Angler
www.lakemichiganangler.com
Door County USA
www.doorcountyusa.com
“History of the Door County Fish Boil ”
video by DoorCounty Today
11
Harbor House Inn
lighthouse-shaped building
location:   Ellison Bay
unique architecture

Throughout Door County, you will see a theme of seagulls, boats, and lighthouses. Many yards & businesses are decorated with such motifs, way too many to list on this website. But here we see one that makes the cut, thanks to its size & accessibility.
black_arrow   12666 State Highway 42
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
(920) 421-2233
Harbor House Inn
Official Site
www.harborhousedoorcounty.com
Door County Navigator
www.doorcountynavigator.com
“Door County Wi - Harbor House Inn - Lodging Review ”
video by DoorCountyNavigator
12
Noah's Ark
at Stewards of Grace Ministries
location:   Brussels
roadside oddity

Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
This repainted boat is located between the highway and the church. Somehow I don't think this reproduction represents the actual size of the original nautical craft.
black_arrow   10821 Stage Road
Brussels, WI 54204
(920) 825-7881
Official Site
stewardsofgrace.org
13
The Blue Ox
location:   Baileys Harbor
tavern with character

The Blue Ox
You will definitely spot an azure bovine theme to the decor when you walk in.
The Blue Ox
Aside from having a great-looking exterior & interior, the Ox also offers a challenging game to visitors which involves swinging a ring onto a "bull's" nose. The rings hangs from a wire attached to the ceiling and it is harder to do than it looks.
The Blue Ox
Understandably, the bartenders are able to get the ring on the bull's nose within three tries.
The Blue Ox
black_arrow   8151 State Road 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
(920) 839-2771
Official Site
www.theblueoxbar.com
Door County Navigator
www.doorcountynavigator.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Midwest Living
www.midwestliving.com
Galen Frysinger photos
www.galenfrysinger.com
14
Cookie the Giant Cow
at the Dairy View Country Store
and
Corn Maze
location:   Sturgeon Bay
roadside oddity / big bovine / maize maze

Cookie the Giant Cow
Cookie the Giant Cow
photo courtesy of official site
Come for the giant cow statue, stay for the dairy tour, where you can "milk" a mechanical cow. Then enjoy a cold treat at the Dairy View Ice Cream Parlor before working off the calories as you make your way through a challenging corn maze.
black_arrow   5169 County Road I
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-9779
hours:
(Mon - Fri) 10am – 6pm
(Saturdays) 10am – 7pm
Official Site
www.dairyview.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Corn Mazes America
www.cornmazesamerica.com
Door County Navigator
www.doorcountynavigator.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Another Door County awaits off highways" or archived (here)
“Schopf's Dairy View Country Store”
video by wluk
15
Boynton (Björklunden Chapel)
at Lawrence University
location:   Baileys Harbor
recreated historic structure

"Boynton Chapel is a small wooden chapel built in a late 12th-century Norwegian stave church (stavkirke) style...A popular site for weddings and a favorite stop among Door County tourists, the chapel contains 41 hand-painted frescoes and numerous exceptionally fine carved-wood furnishings."
– section from the official website
black_arrow   7603 Chapel Ln.
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
(920) 839-2216
hours:
mid-June thru late August (Mon & Wed afternoons) 1pm – 4pm
Boynton (Björklunden Chapel)
Official Site
www.lawrence.edu
Flickr
www.flickr.com
Wisconsin Historical Society
www.wisconsinhistory.org
Jason Mann Photography
Björklunden Chapel Wedding
jmannphoto.blogspot.com
Wisconsin Historical Markers
wisconsinhistoricalmarkers.
blogspot.com

Journal Sentinel Online
article "Another Door County awaits off highways" or archived (here)
16
Coffee Cup Museum
at Door County Bakery
location:   Sister Bay
museum

Coffee Cup Museum
"The Spike O’Dell/WGN Coffee Cup Museum is now a part of the Door County Bakery. Plan on stopping by to see the signed celebrity coffee cups the next time you visit the bakery. There’s also a growing number of art works on display for purchase."
– section from the official website
Coffee Cup Museum
Coffee Cup Museum
black_arrow   10048 Hwy. 57
Sister Bay, WI 54234
(888) 39-BREAD
hours:
June thru October (Tues - Sat) 8am – 5pm
(Sun & Mon) 8am – 3pm
Official Site
1. www.doorcountybakery.com
2. studio & museum www.doorcountybakery.com
Trip Advisor
www.tripadvisor.com
Capture Door County
www.capturedoorcounty.com
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 102 –103
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 99 – 102
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17
Giant Apple
at Wood Orchard Market
location:   Egg Harbor
roadside oddity / produce effigy

Wood Orchards Market offers the best in pickings for cherries, mushrooms and, obviously, apples (including the intriguing SweeTango variety) and more.
black_arrow   8112 State Highway 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
(920) 868-2334 or (866) 763-2334
Giant Apple
photo courtesy of official Facebook page
Official Site
www.woodorchard.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Kari's Kitchen
www.karisann.com
18
Terra Cotta Pot Giants
PRIVATE PROPERTY
location:   Sturgeon Bay
roadside oddity / yard art

Terra Cotta Pot Giants
Terra Cotta Pot Giants
photos courtesy of Midwest Living
A pair of 13-foot-tall garden giants (and their 'poodle') have made their home in the superbly manicured yard of Dale and Joan Jeanquart, who live just outside of Sturgeon Bay. The long-limbed sculptures stand amongst beautiful flower beds and impressive landscaping, almost blending in with their surroundings. They are even lit up as a Christmas display during the holidays. Shelley Ryan, PBS's "Wisconsin Gardener", interviews Dale about his family's eye-catching yard (link at right).
black_arrow   1647 Texas Pl.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Midwest Living
www.midwestliving.com
Wisconsin Public Television
wpt.org
Perrenial Passion (blog)
perennialpassion.blogspot.com
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Easter Island Heads
at Harbor Ridge Winery
location:   Egg Harbor
roadside oddity

Easter Island Heads
photo courtesy of official site
Two concrete monoliths stand near the vineyard at this popular destination for peninsula oenophiles. Not content to simply allow the replica moai to sit on their property as quaint oddities, the winery has released a red wine called "Knockin' Heads Red" using the statues for the logo. The statues were only two of six constructed by Cool Crete of New London (Outagamie County).
black_arrow   4690 Rainbow Ridge Ct.
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
(920) 868-4321
Official Site
www.harborridgewinery.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Appleton Post-Crescent
article " Easter Island statue is advertising tool for company" or archived (here)
20
Clustered Belgian Gravestones
at the Belgian Heritage Center
location:   Brussels
graves with stories / historical oddity

Clustered Belgian Gravestones
Clustered Belgian Gravestones
No, the people of Namur are not tiny, nor are they buried vertically as has been surmised. St. Mary of the Snows Catholic Church, founded by Belgians in 1860 and closed by church consolidation in 2001, had a big problem when it came time to decide where to place a badly needed parking lot in the 1960's. Their best option was to use the space occupied by the dearly departed next to the church. Instead of exhuming the bodies, only the headstones were removed and relocated in a cluster not far from the actual cemetery. To this day, you can park your car on top of the Belgian settlers' graves to visit their monuments in the nearby rock garden. The church is now home to the Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation.
black_arrow   1253 CTH 1255 CTH DK
Brussels, WI 54204
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Peninsula Belgian American Club
www.belgianamerican.org
book:
"Badger Boneyards"
by Dennis McCann
Wisconsin Historical Society Press (2010)
page(s) 98 – 102
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Cave Point Park
location:   Valmy
cave(s)

Cave Point Park
The hiking trail overlooks shoreline rock formations that are still being eroded by the pounding surf.
tan_arrow  (From Sturgeon Bay, take Highway 57 north through Valmy. Look for the signs for the park.)
3275 Clark Lake Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Door County Navigator
www.doorcountynavigator.com
Door County Compass
www.doorcountycompass.com
Door County Wisconsin
www.door-county-wisconsin.net
Wisconsin Speleological Society
www.wisconsincaves.org
book:
"Wisconsin Underground"
by Doris Green
Trails Media Group, Inc. (2000)
page(s) 30 – 32
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“Cave Point County Park - Door County WI Travel Show”
video by DoorCountyDotCom
2
"Halfway to the North Pole" Markers
location:   Jacksonport  /  Egg Harbor
geographical marker

Egg Harbor Marker, with its new plaque
Jacksonport Marker
Nearly-identical plaques, located on both the west and east sides of the Door County peninsula, mark the 45th parallel.
tan_arrow   at Meridian Park on Highway 57, north of Jacksonport tan_arrow   at wayside on west side of Highway 42, south of Egg Harbor
Geology of Wisconsin
www.uwgb.edu
Minnesota Museum of the Mississippi
www.mnmuseumofthems.org
Roadside America
(related links)
1. www.roadsideamerica.com
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Strange Lights Seen by Goat Farmer (2004)
ufo
ufo
location:  somewhere in Door County

"Hovered steady for 5-8 mins then appeared to go straight up at great speed until I lost sight."
– section from UFO Wisconsin report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
2
Two Objects in Nighttime Sky (1986)
ufo
ufo
location:  Baileys Harbor

"At a little after 2 a.m. when the large one went above the small one the one on top sped away to the right. The little one made dips but kept on lowering itself. A dark cloud covered it and they were both gone."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-29-1986 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
3
Sturgeon Bay UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Sturgeon Bay

"Suddenly the noise got a lot louder and I saw a very large object rise up in the sky - it had been obstructed by the barn."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 01-23-2004 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
Weird Wisconsin
(corresponds with UFO Wisconsin story 1)
www.weird-wi.com or archived (here)
book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 22
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4
Newport State Park UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Ellison Bay

"It changed direction once again and took off in a flash, as fast as I have ever seen anything move that fast."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-19-1975 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
5
Shipwrecked Brew Pub
   beer, wine or...spirits beer, wine or...spirits
location:  Egg Harbor

Shipwrecked Brew Pub
Shipwrecked Brew Pub
Some of the Shipwrecked ghosts claim that visitors should indeed try the Peninsula Porter during your initial visit.

"In talking to previous owners, employees and life long residents of the area, it is rumored that Shipwrecked may be haunted. Believe it or not, some strange things have occurred here at Shipwrecked. We would like to introduce you to some of our vaporous visitors..."
– section from the official website
grey_arrow   7791 State Highway 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
(920) 868-2767
Official Site
1. www.shipwreckedmicrobrew.com
2. ghost list www.shipwreckedmicrobrew.com
Door County Living
article "Nobody Believes in Ghosts. Right?" or archived (here)
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 188 – 191
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book:
"Wisconsin's Ghosts"
by Sherry Strub
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (2009)
page(s) 77 – 79
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“Shipwrecked Brew Pub - Door County WI Travel Show”
video by DoorCountyDotCom
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Institute Saloon
   beer, wine or...spirits beer, wine or...spirits
location:  Institute

"Many of these ghost reports center around the women's restroom, as it is said that a little girl encountered the ghost while alone in the restroom. Many of the bar's doors open and close without the assistance of human hands. Both staff and customers report hearing phantom voices calling out from the other side."
– section from the book "The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
grey_arrow   4599 State Highway 57
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-1919
Institute Saloon
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 192 – 194
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Cylinder-shaped Craft Observed from Chambers Island (2000)
ufo
ufo
location:  Chambers Island  /  Marinette (Marinette County)

"I observed the object for about 30 minutes through binoculars. There were no wings, no windows, no markings, no sound, no contrail."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-06-2000 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
8
Visits from Martian Couple (1975 - 1976)
aliens
aliens
location:  Fish Creek

A man observes UFOs on separate occasions, then is greeted by a pair of aliens. Yup.

"At 4:15 a.m. on Aug. 23, 1976, Anderson's park visitors were Sunar, a man, and Treena, a woman, both from Jupiter."
– section from the book "The W-Files"
book:
"The W-Files"
by Jay Rath
Trails Books (1997)
page(s) 66
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book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 171
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Craft Observed During Electrical Storm (2001)
ufo
ufo
location:  Ellison Bay

"The object we saw consisted of two lights moving together with a slightly curved shaft of light coming off of what was presumably the front of the craft."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-22-2001 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
"Ghosts of America" Haunted Location Reports
(take with a grain of salt)
ghosts
ghosts
location:  STATEWIDE

The reports on this site are presumably fiction, using random Wisconsin place names in the stories listed there. Even so, you might get a kick out of reading them.

"The reports on this site are presumably fiction, using random Wisconsin place names in the stories listed there. Even so, you might get a kick out of reading them."
– section from Ghosts of America website
Ghosts of America
www.ghostsofamerica.com
11
Carrington Pub & Grill
part of the Landmark Resort
haunted
haunted
location:  Egg Harbor

In the book "Strange Wisconsin", author Linda Godfrey details some of the paranormal occurrences that have taken place at this popular establishment.

"Another time, on a rainy night, the same waitress saw a man in a long rain-drenched trench coat right outside the back bar door, standing under a nearby tree. The man disappeared into the rain before her eyes."
– section from the book "Strange Wisconsin"
grey_arrow   7643 Hillside Rd.
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
(920) 868-3205
Official Site
(no mention of ghosts)
www.thelandmarkresort.com
book:
"Strange Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Trails Books (2007)
page(s) 25
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 60 – 61
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“Brussels Pig Man”
   mystery creature mystery creature
location:  Brussels

In the book "Strange Wisconsin", author Linda Godfrey relates a local Door County tale of a curse gone awry. The Eoves hath returned.

"When the farmer finally learned that his uncle had died and left him nothing, he was so incensed he put a curse on a local clergyman. Like the old child's singsong verse 'I’m rubber, you’re glue. It bounces off me and sticks to you,' the curse bounced off the clergyman and stuck to the farmer. Soon the farmer found himself stalked by pigs with human faces wherever he went."
– section from the book "Strange Wisconsin"
book:
"Strange Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Trails Books (2007)
page(s) 5
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book:
"Monsters of Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2011)
page(s) 77 – 80
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book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures"
by Chad Lewis
On The Road Publications (2011)
page(s) 139 – 143
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Door County Ghost Tours
ghostly event
ghostly event
location:  Fish Creek

"Step aboard the "Trolley of the Doomed" as we share tales of ghostly sunken ships, haunted lighthouses and mysterious happenings on the darker side of this spirited peninsula. Join our scary, fun, and informative filled tour that is truly one of a kind."
– section from the official website
grey_arrow  departs from: Orchard Country Winery (listed above in the Attractions section)
9197 Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212
(920) 868-1100
Official Site
www.doorcountytrolley.com
“Door County Trolley Ghost Tour”
video by DoorCountyNavigator
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Bigfoot Sighted near Home
bigfoot
bigfoot
location:  Forestville

"I peered through the brush and all I could see was the top of its’ back. It was hunched over doing something with a tree. It was very large and hairy and the hair color was REDDISH BROWN."
– section from Wisconsin Bigfoot report
grey_arrow   on Sleepy Hollow Drive, just north of town
Wisconsin Bigfoot
www.wisconsinbigfoot.com
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Haunted Lighthouses
haunted
haunted
location:  Fish Creek  /  Baileys Harbor  /  Sturgeon Bay

Haunted Lighthouses
Haunted Lighthouses
A few of Door County's 10 lighthouses are rumored to be haunted. Well, odds are they'd have to be. Eagle Bluff, Cana Island & Sherwood Point fit into this much-needed category in the paranormal world.

Also listed in the History section below
Shadow State
1. Eagle Bluff beethoven23.tripod.com
2. Cana Island beethoven23.tripod.com
Door County Magazine
article "Haunted History and Lore" or archived (here)
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The Noble House
haunted
haunted
location:  Fish Creek

The 1875 home of Alexander Noble has been a reputed spot of paranormal activity, both inside and out. Ghostly images have been discovered on many photos taken at the residence during tours.

"The apparition that appeared way back then still manifests today. It always begins in the back garden, in a shady area that seems much cooler than the ambient temperature. A gentle mist rises slowly from the mossy ground, swirling between the trees. Gradually, it seems to take on a vague shape. A visitor might feel a sudden profound sadness, although some people experience a sense of peace and calm. There, standing near the home, is a woman dressed in white, carrying a tiny baby."
– section from the book "Haunted Door County"

Also listed in the History section below
Ghost Village
www.ghostvillage.com
Door County Magazine
article "Haunted History and Lore" or archived (here)
book:
"Haunted Door County"
by Gayle Soucek
The History Press (2012)
page(s) 99 – 104
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Door County Maritime Museums
aka "Death's Door" Museums
location:   Sturgeon Bay  /  Gills Rock  /  Baileys Harbor
museum

"The Door County Maritime Museum has three locations: Sturgeon Bay, Gills Rock, and Cana Island. The Sturgeon Bay facility features the shipbuilding history of Door County from early wooden schooners to modern tug barge combinations. The Gills Rock facility focuses on commercial fishing. Visitors can board the fishing tug 'Hope' and learn how commercial fishing has shaped the maritime history of the county. Cana Island lighthouse, built in 1869, is a working lighthouse that still warns sailors of the reef."
– section from Portal Wisconsin website
green_arrow  120 N. Madison Ave.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-5958
green_arrow  12724 E Wisconsin Bay Rd.
Gills Rock, WI 54210
(920) 854-1844
green_arrow  The Cana Island lighthouse is located north of Baileys Harbor off County Road Q.
hours:
(daily) 10am – 5pm
 web links
Official Site
www.dcmm.org
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
 books & video
book:
"Sidetracked in Wisconsin"
by Mary Bergin
Itchy Cat Press (2006)
page(s) 193
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book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 80
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 71
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“Door County Maritime Museum - Door County WI Travel Show”
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Door County Historical Museum
location:   Sturgeon Bay
museum

"Visit the best small museum in the Midwest as named by the Chicago Tribune. Educational displays tell the story from the settlement of Door County onward. In the Pioneer Fire Station children may sit in a restored 1920 fire truck. The spectacular Seasons of Life wildlife diorama contains over 100 species of native birds and animals including a black bear, a white-tailed deer, and a Wisconsin badger. A theater features DVDs about Door County's unique history."
– section from official website
green_arrow   18 N 4th Ave.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-4045
hours:
May thru Oct (daily) 10am – 4:30pm
Official Site
map.co.door.wi.us/museum
Bridgeport Resort's blog
www.bridgeportresort.net
Door County Visitor Bureau
doorcounty.com
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The Historic Noble House
location:   Fish Creek
historic structure

"The Alexander Noble House, built in 1875, is an authentic example of Greek Revival farmhouse architecture from the late 19th century. Tour its rooms and experience a portrayal of domestic life in Door County from over a century ago, when tiny Fish Creek was a thriving fishing and shipping village whose dirt streets were traveled by horse-drawn wagons."
– section from Door County Visitors Bureau
green_arrow   (intersection of Highway 42 & Main Street)
Fish Creek, WI 54212
(920) 868-3618
hours:
• mid-June to mid-October (Tues - Sun)
tours 11am – 4pm
• mid-May to mid-June (weekends only)

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section above
Official Site
www.historicnoblehouse.org
Door County Visitor Bureau
doorcounty.com
Wisconsin Historical Markers
wisconsinhistoricalmarkers.
blogspot.com

The Historical Marker Database
www.hmdb.org
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Anderson House Museum
location:   Sister Bay
museum

"The original 1875 Anderson family farmhouse was completely renovated beginning in 1994 and features late 1800's furnishings, historical photographs, and artifacts depicting Sister Bay's history. Authentic farm buildings complementing the Anderson House have been moved to the site and renovated by SBHS member volunteers."
– section from the official site
green_arrow   (Highway 57 at Country Lane & Fieldcrest Rd.)
Sister Bay, WI 54234
(920) 854-9242
Official Site
www.sisterbayhistory.org
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The Lighthouses of Door County
location:   Sturgeon Bay  /  Fish Creek  /  Baileys Harbor  /  Gills Rock
lighthouse

There are 10 lighthouse stations in Door County, more than in any other county in the United States.

 Baileys Harbor Range Lights (1869)
(Baileys Harbor)
 From Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor, turn east onto Ridges Drive. Look for the two lighthouses on your right.
 Old Bailey Harbor Light (1851)
(private island)
 To see the old light, continue past the new lights on Ridge Drive. Pass Harbor Lane and continue for another half-mile. At the end of Ridge Drive, look out to the island with the lighthouse, or go back to Anclam Park to view it.
 Cana Island (1870)
(Baileys Harbor)
 From Highway 57, north of Baileys Harbor, turn right on County Road Q. After 3½ miles, turn right on Cana Island Road. Follow road to its end. To reach the lighthouse, you might have to walk across a causeway covered in 10" or water.
 Chambers Island (1868)
(Fish Creek)
 This lighthouse is only accessible by boat.
 Canal Station / North Pierhead (1903)
(Sturgeon Bay)
 From Highway 57 in Sturgeon Bay, just north of the big bridge, turn east onto Utah Street. After a few blocks, turn right on Cove Road. Take next left onto Canal Road. Follow Canal as it joins with County Road TT. As you reach Lake Michigan, TT turns to the left as it becomes Lake Forest Park Rd. The lighthouse and Coast Guard station are at this intersection.
 Ship Canal Station (1899)
(Sturgeon Bay)
 From Highway 57 in Sturgeon Bay, just south of the big bridge, turn east onto County Road U. After 1½ mile, turn left on Sand Lane, then immediately onto Lake Lane. Continue on to Sturgeon Bay Canal Park.
 Sherwood Point (1883)
(Sturgeon Bay)
 a private lighthouse owned by the Coast Guard, not open to the public
 Eagle Bluff (1868)
(Fish Creek)
  From Highway 42 in Fish Creek, turn north onto Peninsula State Park. Follow Shore Drive for about 4 miles to the lighthouse.
 Plum Island Range Lights (1896)
(between Washington Island & Gills Rock)
 visible by boat only
 Pilot Island (1858)
(between Washington Island & Gills Rock)
 visible by boat only
 Pottawatomie Light (1836)
(Rock Island)
 From the northeast end of Washington Island on Jackson Harbor Road, take the Rock Island Ferry. Cars are bicycles are not allowed on Rock Island. From the ferry dock, walk 1¼ miles to the northwestern tip of island.
Door County Maritime Museum
1. www.dcmm.org
2. Annual Lighthouse Walk www.dcmm.org
Door County Visitor Bureau
www.doorcounty.com
Seeing the Light
www.terrypepper.com
Lighthouse Friends
www.lighthousefriends.com
Ohio Barns
www.ohiobarns.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "History is crumbling on islands" or archived (here)
book:
"Lighthouses of Wisconsin"
by Bruce Roberts & Ray Jones
Globe Pequot Press (2006)
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book:
"Wisconsin Lighthouses"
by Ken Wardius & Barb Wardius
Big Earth Publishing (2000)
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“Cana Island Lighthouse Tour - Door County WI Travel Show ”
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