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1
Elk Mound Tower
location:   Elk Mound
local landmark / local legend / memorial

Elk Mound Tower
Elk Mound Tower
Located above the city of Elk Mound, this castle-like structure offers a commanding view of the area. It was built as a memorial to the deceased letter carriers of Dunn County.
black_arrow   Head north from Elk Mound on County Road H. Turn right onto Elk Mound Drive East and enter Mound Hill Park.

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section below.
Official Site
www.elk-mound.org
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
WEAU TV
article "Elk Mound Tower" or archived (here)
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) n/a
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 19 – 21
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2
"Tinker Frank" Oebser
(1900 - 1990)
location:   Menomonie
outsider artist / local legend

"Tinker Frank" Oebser was a local inventor who, upon retirement, began creating a collection of life-size figures, some of which were animated mechanically. The bizarre creations were displayed in a barn on his property until he died.

Location listed in the History section below.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
www.jmkac.org
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
article "Menomonie artist featured in show" or archived (here)
Journal Sentinel Online
1. article "Outside art adds ambience" or archived (here)
2. article "Re-creating their worlds" or archived (here)
Sheboygan Press
1. article "Arts center opens door on 'Sublime' collection" or archived (here)
2. article "Sublime Sampler: Frank Oebser" or archived (here)
The Milwaukee Sentinel
article "Tinker Turns Junk Into Crazy Carnival" or archived (here)
book:
"Sacred Spaces and Other Places"
by Lisa Stone and Jim Zanzi
School of Art Inst. of Chicago Press (1993)
page(s) 124 – 127
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3
A Mural that every Farmer in your Family will Appreciate
location:   Menomonie
barn art

A Mural that every Farmer in your Family will Appreciate
photos courtesy of Ohio Barns
A Mural that every Farmer in your Family will Appreciate
(She's eating money if you can't see it too clearly.)
black_arrow   east of Menomonie on north side of Highway I-94, 1 miles east of Exit 45
Ohio Barns
www.ohiobarns.com
4
Cycle Mailbox
location:   Elk Mound
roadside oddity

Cycle Mailbox
Cycle Mailbox
This homemade postal peculiarity stands in front of Soggy Bottoms Fish Farm.
black_arrow   E8798 260th Ave.
Elk Mound, WI 54739
Official Site
www.soggybottomcamp.com
5
Cucumber Festival
aka Pickle Festival
location:   Boyceville
event

There seems to be a great amount of uncertainty concerning the actual name of the town's annual celebration of the cylindrical vegetable. Your old timers stick with "Pickle Fest" in remembrance of the old Gedney Factory that used to pay for local pickle harvests. Others are drawn to the more-inclusive label of "Cucumber Festival". Whichever way you swing, you can join the fun (& pickle-eating contest) each summer.
black_arrow hours:
 held during the month of August
Cucumber Festival
Official Site
www.boycevillewi.com
Volume One
volumeone.org
Dunn County News
article "Pickles started it all" or archived (here)


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Devil's Punchbowl
location:   Menomonie
rock formation

Devil's Punchbowl
Devil's Punchbowl
A scenic gully with a small waterfall...but it's cool.
tan_arrow   Take Highway 29 westward out of Menomonie. After crossing the Red Cedar River, turn left onto Rustic Road . Then turn left onto 410th Street (Paradise Valley Road) . Go 2 miles and the Devil's Punchbowl parking lot is directly on the left.

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section below.
"Devil's Punchbowl - Menomonie's Serene Cove"
maplethorpej.hubpages.com
The Chippewa Herald
article "Devil's Punchbowl gets a steppingstone for future" or archived (here)


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Elk Mound Tower
local legend
local legend
location:  Elk Mound

Elk Mound Tower
Hopefully the winged lizard can take care of those graffiti-scrawling kids that have defaced the inside of the tower.
Elk Mound Tower
I guess these rocks are supposed to be the dragon's spinal ridges. Anticlimactic.
Aside from the rumors of haunting, this towering tribute to deceased postal carriers may also be the final resting place to a fire breathing lizard. I knew somehow the USPS and the Valheru were connected.

"noises such as screaming, howling, and very loud laughing have been heard people have been knowing to get very ill to there stomachs after been there it is a believed that someone died near buy there and haunts it. People used to be able to just go up there a mess around until the death occurred one month in the 1980's they decided to blocked it off due to the things that where happening and you can only go up there at certain times now you can see lights from the road."
– section from The Shadowlands website

Location listed in the Roadside Attraction section above.
Elk Mound Tower
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Strange USA
www.strangeusa.com
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 30 – 31
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 177 – 182
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 73 – 75
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2
Devil's Punchbowl
unexplained
unexplained
location:  Menomonie

Devil's Punchbowl
Devil's Punchbowl
Gnomes have allegedly been spotted & enchanted water has reportedly been collected from this spot. (Alcohol has been supposedly drunk at this location as well. Not confirmed, but signs point to yes.)
The Weird Wisconsin website ponders the multitude of Devil-related place names in Wisconsin (see link at right).

"Another theory holds that early settlers often named places because of paranormal events. Something odd and beyond understanding was seen, and the newly arrived settlers named these places to commemorate – or to warn of – the event."
– section from Weird Wisconsin website

Location listed in the Natural Features section above.
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
Weird Wisconsin
www.weird-wi.com or archived (here)
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Stout and About
uwstoutandabout.wordpress.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "A foreboding state" or archived (here)
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 59 – 60
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book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures"
by Chad Lewis
On The Road Publications (2011)
page(s) 121– 126
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“Disturbing Dunn County Part Two ”
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3
Mabel Tainter Theater
haunted
haunted
location:  Menomonie

Mabel Tainter Theater
Mabel Tainter Theater
Strange things have occurred in the theater...such as the mysterious sound of footsteps and sightings of shadowy figures.

"The apparition encountered most often is the Lady in White. She has been seen in the bathroom, theater, balcony, and kitchen. She is described as a young woman in a white dress with long dark hair, but her face always appears blurry and indistinct."
– section from Mabel Tainter Theater pamphlet

Location listed in the History section below.
Official Site
www.mabeltainter.com
Unexplained Research
1. www.unexplainedresearch.com
2. "They Live Amongst Us: The Ghosts of Menomonie"
Sanity Check Paranormal Investigators
sanitycheckparanormal.com
The Haunting Experiments
YouTube video "Disturbing Dunn County Part One" (see #10 below)
Dunn County News
article "Paranormal researcher offers up 'Haunted Wisconsin'" or archived (here)
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 61 – 63
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4
Menomonie UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Menomonie

"About a half-hour later, the man reported seeing a second object right over the city of Menomonie. It would glow bright yellow and then die down and get dim. During the dim period the man could see the outline of a triangle."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 09-16-1999 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
5
Ghost of 'Mary' at Elk Lake Dam
ghost
ghost
location:  Elk Mound

Ghost of 'Mary' at Elk Lake Dam
Ghost of 'Mary' at Elk Lake Dam
The ghost of a murdered woman, Mary Schlais, allegedly haunts the area near the dam. Two fisherman reported having observed her ghost.

It was believed that 25-year-old Mary was hitchhiking to Chicago when something went awry on February 15, 1974. A witness told police that he saw a body being dumped from a car on 408th Avenue, near the Elk Creek Lake. Mary had been stabbed to death and her killer (or killers) were never caught. Her body was exhumed in January 2009 for DNA analysis.

The dam site near where her body was found once had a bridge that spanned the creek. It was here that two fishermen had an encounter with a glowing woman who stood behind them. An elderly woman who lived nearby told of a young woman from the river who visited her on a daily basis; a woman named Mary.
grey_arrow   Take County Road H southward out of Elk Mound for 4 miles. Turn right on County Road E. Follow E to Elk Lake.
Ghost of 'Mary' at Elk Lake Dam
Mary Schlais
Unexplained Research
1. www.unexplainedresearch.com
2. photos www.unexplainedresearch.com
3. forum www.unexplainedresearch.com
4. www.unexplainedresearch.com
The Haunting Experiments
YouTube video "Disturbing Dunn County Part Two" (see #2 above)
The Spectator
www.spectatornews.com or archived (here)
Dunn County News
article "Paranormal researcher offers up 'Haunted Wisconsin'" or archived (here)
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 56 – 58
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book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 222 – 225
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 161 – 170
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 53 – 59
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6
J.T.C. Dormitory at UW-Stout
haunted
haunted
location:  Menomonie

Paranormal activity has been reported in the three dormitories, including Tainter Hall.

"Tainter Hall - More then one unexplained deaths, suicides and what not have occurred within this hall. And those who have died there have never left. The kitchen in Tainter is where you can experience these spirits the most. Many people who work late in the kitchen have noticed that equipment will turn on by itself, objects will be miss placed in locked freezers and the radios will mysteriously change stations. People where brought in who talked to these ghosts who claim they mean no harm, they just wish to hang around the building they previously lived in. Whether they hang around to warn others of their mistakes or whether they hang around to disturb the peace, it is unknown."
– section from The Shadowlands website
grey_arrow   J.T.C. is located on the hillside next to Lake Menomin on the north campus.
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
7
“Glowing Orange Fireball”
meteor?
meteor?
location:  Colfax  /  Boyceville

"...calls were received in police stations to the south in Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri, reporting 'a mysterious flash of light.'"
– section from Weird Wisconsin report
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
Weird Wisconsin
www.weird-wi.com or archived (here)
8
Woman & Children Observe Craft Landing in Front of Their Car (1975)
ufo
ufo
location:  Eau Galle

"She had gone only a very short distance when the object gently settled down in front of her car and appeared to be preparing to land. She said it looked like two saucers that had been put together and was white in color with lights all around it."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 03-02-1975 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
9
“Poltergeist in Menomonie?”
aka "The Lynch Affair" (1873)
haunted
haunted
location:  Menomonie

Note: This story is also claimed to have happened in eastern St. Croix County.

"Lynch bought another dress. This was found, in the barn, cut down to fit one of the children. Eggs rose from tables, teacups leaped, and a pan of soft soap wandered from room to room."
– section from Weird Wisconsin report
Weird Wisconsin
www.weird-wi.com or archived (here)
book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Michael Norman
Trails Books 
(Revised Edition, 2001) page(s) 13 – 26
Terrace Books
(3rd Ed., 2011) page(s) 29 – 41
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10
Caryville Church
aka Springbrook Lutheran Church
and
Caryville Schoolhouse
aka Fosbrook School
PRIVATE PROPERTY
haunted
haunted
location:  Caryville

Caryville Church
Caryville Church
Two buildings across the road from one another have separate reasons for why they are haunted.
Read the full stories by clicking the Unexplained Research links at right.

"About thirty years ago, investors were going to tear down this old church and build a new one. The priest got rather upset over the notion and hanged himself in the bell tower. Since his death, many creepy things have happened. There was also was a little boy that went to school there and mysteriously died. If you sit at the desk that he died in, you will feel a really weird rush as if something is passing through your body. "
– section from The Shadowlands website

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grey_arrow   Directions from Caryville: Caryville is located 9 miles west of Eau Claire on Highway 85. From Highway 85 north of Caryville, take County Road H for almost 2 miles. Turn left on 930th Street. The church and school are across form each other.
 web links
Unexplained Research
1. church www.unexplainedresearch.com
2. school www.unexplainedresearch.com
3. story "Keep Out: Spooky Stories Attract Teens to Church"
Unexplained Research (forum)
chadlewis.proboards19.com
Chippewa Valley Paranormal Investigators
www.chippewavpi.com
Unsolved Mysteries
www.myusm.com
The Shadowlands
www.theshadowlands.net
WEAU TV
article "The Truth Behind the Caryville Myths" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 34 – 37
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book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 211
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book:
"Weird Hauntings"
by Joanne Austin
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (2006)
page(s) 62 – 65
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 59 – 80
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book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures"
by Chad Lewis
On The Road Publications (2011)
page(s) 8 – 14
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 36 – 38
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book:
"Spirits of the Chippewa"
by Chris Wiener & Clarence Rice & CVPI Team
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 54 – 56
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 27 – 34
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“Disturbing Dunn County Part One”
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“The Legend of Caryville ”
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“Caryville: A Documentary Official Web Trailer”
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Caryville Road
aka 240th Avenue
haunted road & bridge
haunted road & bridge
location:  Caryville

Caryville Road
The ghost of a young girl haunts the area near bridge where she died. Read the full story by clicking the Unexplained Research link at right.

"Haunted 240th Avenue" doesn't have such a great ring, does it?

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grey_arrow   Directions from Caryville Church & School: Continue south on 930th Street. Turn right onto 230th Avenue, then right onto 240th Avenue. Look for the bridge before arriving at the boat landing.
 web links
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
The Haunting Experiments
YouTube videos "Disturbing Dunn County Part One" & "The Legend of Caryville" (see #10 above)
 books & video
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 43 – 44
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book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 211
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book:
"Weird Hauntings"
by Joanne Austin
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (2006)
page(s) 62 – 65
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 59 – 80
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 36 – 38
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 34 – 35
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12
Hellhounds of Meridean
at the Meridean Boat Landing
haunted
haunted
location:  Caryville

Hellhounds of Meridean
Hellhounds of Meridean
Hellhound pawprint?
The ghost of a suicide victim & red-eyed 'hellhounds' have been seen at night. Read the full story by clicking the Unexplained Research link at right.

"At one time, there was a lumber town on the island, and legend has it that there was also a sanatorium built by a doctor who owned several vicious dogs. According to the stories, the dogs have since returned from the dead as hellhounds – black dogs with red glowing eyes that wait at night for their unwary victims."
– section from the book "Weird Wisconsin"

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grey_arrow   Directions from Caryville Road Bridge: Continue west on 240th Avenue, which changes from pavement to gravel. The boat landing is on the left along the Chippewa River.
 web links
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
Chippewa Valley Paranormal Investigators
www.chippewavpi.com
The Haunting Experiments
YouTube videos "Disturbing Dunn County Part One" & "The Legend of Caryville" (see #10 above)
WEAU TV
article "The Truth Behind the Caryville Myths" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 39 – 42
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book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 211
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book:
"Weird Hauntings"
by Joanne Austin
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (2006)
page(s) 62 – 65
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 59 – 80
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book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures"
by Chad Lewis
On The Road Publications (2011)
page(s) 101 – 107
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 36 – 38
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book:
"Spirits of the Chippewa"
by Chris Wiener & Clarence Rice & CVPI Team
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 54 – 56
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 36 – 40
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Caryville Cemetery
aka Sand Hill Cemetery
   haunted cemetery haunted cemetery
location:  Caryville

Caryville Cemetery
Ghosts seen. Growling heard. Demon observed. Read the full story by clicking the Unexplained Research link at right.

"Along with the canine menace, pint-size ghosts are said to gambol around the headstones at night, and some visitors have reported that their Ouija boards become too energized to function within cemetery bounds."
– section from the book "Haunted Wisconsin"

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grey_arrow   Directions from Meridean Boat Landing: Continue west on 240th Avenue, which grows narrow and rough. The cemetery will be on your right as you leave the woods.
 web links
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
The Haunting Experiments
YouTube videos "Disturbing Dunn County Part One" & "The Legend of Caryville" (see #10 above)
WEAU TV
article "The Truth Behind the Caryville Myths" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 32 – 33
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buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 211
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book:
"Weird Hauntings"
by Joanne Austin
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (2006)
page(s) 62 – 65
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 59 – 80
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 36 – 38
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book:
"Spirits of the Chippewa"
by Chris Wiener & Clarence Rice & CVPI Team
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 54 – 56
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 40 – 42
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“A Good Deed”
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Caddie Woodlawn Park
ghost
ghost
location:  Downsville

...haunted by a young girl, perhaps the sister of the park's namesake.

(The ghost might be peeved that she didn't get her own park and book, but that's just sloppy speculation.)
grey_arrow   3 miles south of Downsville on Highway 25

Location listed in the History section below.
Caddie Woodlawn Park
original photo courtesy of Dunn County website
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
Stout and About (blog)
uwstoutandabout.wordpress.com
“Caddie Woodlawn”
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“The Girl in White”
ghost
ghost
location:  Menomonie

“The Girl in White”
"Girl Wading" by David Lorenz Winston
"They both watched her, and Ed said it might be Carrie or Anna from the farmhouse, but where was she going and why was she going to wade through the stream at night? They watched breathlessly. She walked right into the stream and appeared to go right in over her head.
The boys made a mad rush down to the place where she had disappeared. There must be a deep hole there, they both thought. They walked right in the shallow water around and around and back and forth where she had apparently disappeared, but no hole could be found. 'Well, let's go to the farmhouse and report this, even if it is late,' said John. 'It must have been one of the girls, and what has happened to her?'"
– section from The W-Files website & Wisconsin Lore
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
book:
"Wisconsin Lore"
by Robert E. Gard & L.G. Sorden
Heartland Press (1962, 1987)
page(s) 56 – 58
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Michael Norman
Trails Books 
(Revised Edition, 2001) page(s) 66 – 67
Terrace Books
(3rd Ed., 2011) page(s) 75 – 76
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book:
"Ghost Stories of Wisconsin"
by A.S. Mott
Lone Pine Publishing International (2006)
page(s) 107 – 111
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The Haunted Coffin Handle
haunted
haunted
location:  Knapp

A souvenir of a grave exhumation begins to behave oddly after being removed from the ground.

It was only then, as he rose sleepily out of his bed, that he was jolted instantly awake. There was the silver coffin handle lying on his floor. free from the bonds of his shoebox, which – when he examined it – remained in exactly the same state as he had left it.
– section from
book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Michael Norman
Trails Books 
(Revised Edition, 2001) page(s) 43 – 45
Terrace Books
(3rd Ed., 2011) page(s) 55 – 57
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book:
"Ghost Stories of Wisconsin"
by A.S. Mott
Lone Pine Publishing International (2006)
page(s) 98 – 106
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Disturbing Incidents in Downtown Menomonie (2003)
"ghost"
"ghost"
location:  Menomonie

"They appeared to be about 4 to 6 inches off the ground...I stared for a few more seconds and then, before my eyes, they slowly dissolved into thin air...As I got further down the street, I heard a bang! I turned around and saw that the doors of the [local (name withheld)] Theater were banging, as if someone inside was trying to get out..."
– section from The W-Files report
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
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Mysterious Lights & Rumbling Precede UFO
ufo
ufo
location:  Rock Falls

"Then, after about ten more minutes of intermittent rumbling, the rumbling became louder and constant and at the same time, the whole sky lit up in that area like lightning..but it was constant and for about thirty seconds."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-07-2007 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
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Wilson Place Museum
haunted
haunted
location:  Menomonie

"According to rumor, a death in one of the rooms caused a spirit to stay behind forever trapped in the mansion. When you enter the room, you feel an instant chill to the bone."
– section from Unexplained Research website

Location listed in the History section below.
Unexplained Research
"They Live Amongst Us: The Ghosts of Menomonie"
Stoutonia
stoutonia-online.com
20
Peterson Cemetery
   haunted cemetery haunted cemetery
location:  Caryville

Peterson Cemetery
The verdict is out on whether Peterson Cemetery has any spectral peculiarities. One reported incident comes from the following MySpace blog entry shared by Strange USA:

"We found a small blog on the internet about someone who, one night, went out to check out the local haunts in the Caryville area. They stumbled upon the Peterson Cemetery which is in the general area. This person decided to go in and take some pictures and while they were taking a picture, some unseen force slapped the camera out of their hands. Later when they developed the film that particular picture and the rest on the roll came out completely black."
– section from Strange USA website
grey_arrow   1 mile north of Careyville on County Road H
Strange USA
www.strangeusa.com


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1
Empire in Pine Lumber Museum
location:   Downsville
museum

Empire in Pine Lumber Museum
Empire in Pine Lumber Museum
"The Empire in Pine Museum earned the State Historical Society's 'Distinguished Service' award in 1982, and was extensively updated in 2004. The award winning display exhibits the rich logging and sandstone quarry history of the Red Cedar Valley. The exhibit includes: Knapp, Stout & Co., Company, Blacksmith Shop, Muzzle-loading bunks, Rare up-and-down saw, Quarry tools, Stonecutting examples, Dead Man's Corner, 1865 Louisville Post Office, Village Jail"
– section from official website
green_arrow  (Head six miles south of Menomonie on Highway 25, then turn on County Road C at Downsville.)
County Highway C
Downsville, WI 54735
(715) 232-8685
hours:
May thru October (Fri - Sun) Noon – 5pm
Tours by appointment.
Official Site
www.dunnhistory.org
Menomonie Chamber of Commerce
www.menomoniechamber.org
2
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum
and
"Tinker Frank" Exhibit
location:   Menomonie
museum

Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum
Included is an exhibit dedicated to the late "Tinker Frank" Oebser, a local inventor who created a collection of life-size sculptures, some of which were animated mechanically. Other examples of his work are displayed in the Kohler Museum in Sheboygan County.

"...the facility features a gift shop and new exhibits, including: settlement from pre-historic to present; the Kraft State Bank robbery; the Caddie Woodlawn children's discovery room; lumber and other industries; famous personalities and Victorian-era rooms."
– section from UW Stout website
green_arrow   1820 Wakanda Street
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 232-8685
hours:
• May thru September (Wed - Sun) 10am – 5pm
• October thru April (Wed - Sun) Noon – 4pm
• CLOSED Thanksgiving & December 26

Also listed in the Roadside Attraction section above.
Official Site
www.dunnhistory.org
Menomonie Chamber of Commerce
www.menomoniechamber.org
3
Colfax Railroad Museum
location:   Colfax
museum

"The Colfax Railroad Museum currently has a growing collection of railroad equipment from railroads that serviced the western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota region...The depot houses the large collection of lanterns, railroad china, and the nation's largest railroad paper-weight collection. The primary purpose of these artifacts is to show what people encountered on day-to-day activities with the railroads and how the technology changed throughout time."
– section from the official website
green_arrow   500 E. Railroad Ave.
Colfax, WI 54730
(715) 962-2076
hours:
• May & Sept (Sat & Sun) 11am – 4pm
• June - Aug (Thurs - Sun) 11am – 4pm
or by appointment
Official Site
www.colfaxrrmuseum.org
Menomonie Chamber of Commerce
www.menomoniechamber.org
4
Wilson Place Museum
location:   Menomonie
museum

"Spanning 130 years of Wisconsin and American history, 1846-1974, the mansion's contents focus on the high Victorian, displaying the rich furnishings of the era of the family's greatest wealth: silk-velvet and jacquard draperies, lace curtains, china, crystal, silver, furniture, tapestries, paintings--reflecting the family's changing tastes over three generations. The mansion's extensive clothing collection also allows visitors to view changing clothing fashions in context as well as in special exhibitions."
– section from Portage Official Site
green_arrow   101 Wilson Circle
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 235-2283 or (800) 368-7384
hours:
• Memorial Day thru Labor Day (daily) 1pm – 5pm
• April thru May (Sat & Sun) 1pm – 5pm
• Sept & Oct (Sat & Sun) 1pm – 5pm
• Victorian Christmas: mid-Nov thru early Jan (daily) 1pm – 8pm

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section above.
Dunn County Historical Society
www.dunnhistory.org
Menomonie Chamber of Commerce
www.menomoniechamber.org
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
5
Mabel Tainter Theater
location:   Menomonie
historic structure

Mabel Tainter Theater
Mabel Tainter Theater
"The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater was constructed in 1889 as a tribute to young Mabel Tainter, a lover of music and the arts, who died in 1886 at the age of nineteen. The Memorial was commissioned by Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter. Andrew was one of the lumber barons for Knapp, Stout & Co. The Memorial still serves today as a performing arts theater, public reading room and cultural center...The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres and a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site. The Mabel Tainter building includes a lavish 313-seat "crown jewel" Victorian theater and a historic reading room. It is a premier example of a restored vintage American theater."
– section from the official website
green_arrow   205 Main St. E.
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 235-9726
hours:
Self-Guided Tours: (Mon - Sat) 10am – 5pm / (Sundays) 1pm – 5pm

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section above.
Official Site
www.mabeltainter.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Victoriana
www.victoriana.com
book:
"Encore!: The Renaissance of Wisconsin Opera Houses"
by Brian Leahy Doyle & Mark Fay
Wisconsin Historical Society (2009)
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