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1
Car on Stilts
location:   Ludington
roadside oddity

Car on Stilts
Car on Stilts
The arrow on the side of the car points to the west, its intended destination unknown. Possibly an advertisement for an auto body repair shop.
black_arrow   south of Highway I-94 at the intersection of Highway 27 and Scenic Road.
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
2
Giant Beaver Statue
in front of Augusta Area Elementary School
location:   Augusta
roadside oddity

"Welcome, students. As you enter the grounds before the beginning of each school day, please regard me. I present you with this gnawed-on log which shall represent the knowledge that you digest during your studies here. And like this log, your knowledge shall be used to build a dam...a dam of intellect that shall flood your life with multiple rewards.

Forgive me. I am a beaver. I do not do analogies well..."
black_arrow   E19320 Bartig Rd.
Augusta, WI 54722
(715) 286-2291
Giant Beaver Statue
Augusta School District
www.augusta.k12.wi.us
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
3
Yard of Seasonal Decorations
PRIVATE PROPERTY
location:   Eau Claire
roadside oddity / yard art

Yard of Seasonal Decorations
Depending on the time of year, you will see one of two massive arrays of lawn ornaments set out in long rows on this country home's front lawn. Unlike the illuminated and inflated monstrosities that tower over many yards during certain months on the calendar, this collection hails from a more low-tech era. You will notice that certain cows, deer and the bald eagle remain for the entire year.
Yard of Seasonal Decorations
black_arrow   5339 Highway 53
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(no resource available)

4
Fuel Tank Cow
location:   Eau Claire
roadside oddity / dairy pride

She may look a little dilapidated, but this welded bovine is no less beautiful or important than her counterparts in Buffalo County, Pierce County, Burnett County or Juneau County. (And by "beautiful" and "important" I mean "unnerving".)
black_arrow   5913 Highway 53
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Fuel Tank Cow
(no resource available)

5
Chainsaw-carved Chicken
location:   Brackett
roadside oddity / chainsaw creation

Just north of the little town of Brackett stands this wooden fowl created by Steve Nix of Chehalis, WA, who used to frequent this neck of the woods from time to time.
black_arrow   8352 Highway 53
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Chainsaw-carved Chicken
(no resource available)

6
Chainsaw-carved Troll
location:   Brackett
roadside oddity / chainsaw creation

This fellow's features remind me of actor Eugene Levy in his earlier days. For those of you who aren't old enough to remember anything pre-"American Pie", Levy played several characters on SCTV (1976-1984), including comedian Bobby Bittman. The statue was created by Steve Nix who also carved the chicken (listed above).
black_arrow   8169 US Highway 53
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Chainsaw-carved Troll
(no resource available)

7
Lion & Globe Statue
in front of Augusta Lions Hall
location:   Augusta
roadside oddity

Lions Club International...an organization devoted to charity and community service or a secret society biding its time until it can take its rightful place as an unforgiving ruling class that shall hold the remaining residents of Earth in thrall? Probably the former.
black_arrow   200 E Lincoln St.
Augusta, WI 54722
Lion & Globe Statue
Flickr
www.flickr.com
8
Bottle Trees of David Kristufek
location:   Fall Creek
yard art / outsider artist

Local artist David Kristufek has created an art environment perfect for you oenophiles. His rural yard has an assortment of unique bottle trees dotting the landscape with more promised to come.

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black_arrow   11171 County Road ND
Fall Creek, WI 54742
Bottle Trees of David Kristufek
Volume One
article "Sweeter than wine" or archived (here)
9
Tree-shaped Gravestones
at Eastlawn Cemetery
location:   Augusta
unique grave

Tree-shaped Gravestones
Tree-shaped Gravestones
One beautifully-crafted treestone covers the grave of A.G. Paddock (complete with a descending dove which represents the Holy Ghost) and another marks the final resting place of six other former residents of the Augusta area. Treestones were semi-popular between the 1880's and 1905 and could be ordered from the Sears and Roebuck catalog, although the maker of these stones is unknown.
black_arrow   cemetery is on east side of town off of E Lincoln St. (Highway 12)
Augusta Official Site
www.augustawi.com


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Hamilton Falls (6 feet high)
on the Eau Claire River
location:   Augusta  /  Stanley (Chippewa County)
waterfall(s)

tan_arrow   From Augusta, head north on Highway 27 for about 8 miles. Turn right (east) onto County Road NL. After 2 miles, NL angles off to the right, but continue straight onto Stony Lonesome Road. Follow Stony Lonesome for 4 miles and continue straight as the road becomes Tower Road. After Tower curves to the north, turn right (east) onto Eatten Road. Follow until you reach the intersection with Hamilton Falls Road. You can reach the Falls from there. tan_arrow   From Stanley, head south on County Road H for about 9 miles. Turn right (west) onto County Road MM. After 1 mile, turn left (south) onto Hamilton Falls Road. Follow until you reach the intersection with Eatten Road. You can reach the Falls from there.
book:
"Wisconsin Waterfalls"
by Patrick Lisi
Prairie Oak Press (2000)
page(s) 45
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Big Falls (25 feet high)
at Big Falls County Park
location:   Fall Creek
waterfall(s)

"This 135 acre park attracts both young and old to this portion of the Eau Claire River where it washes over mammoth outcroppings of granite rock."
– section from Eau Claire County website
tan_arrow   From Fall Creek, head north on County Road K for 5 miles. Turn left (west) onto Olson Drive. After 2 miles, turn left (south) onto North 110th Ave. Follow until you reach Big Falls.
Big Falls  (25 feet high)
Eau Claire County Official Site
www.co.eau-claire.wi.us
book:
"Wisconsin Waterfalls"
by Patrick Lisi
Prairie Oak Press (2000)
page(s) 41 – 42
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Green Eyes Bridge
aka Troubled Waters Bridge
haunted
haunted
location:  Augusta

Green Eyes Bridge
Green Eyes Bridge
A murder/suicide perpetrator seen hanging from the bridge at night. See "Unexplained Research" link at right for more details.
grey_arrow   From Augusta, take County Road G northward for almost 8 miles. You will cross the Eau Claire River. The bridge is near a parking area to the east.
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 30 – 31
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 201 – 206
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book:
"Haunted Chippewa Valley"
by Devon Bell
The History Press (2013)
page(s) 46 – 48
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Red Object in Sky (2003)
ufo
ufo
location: (near "Sandstone")  Eau Claire

"It had a red glow and jerked across the sky. It made NO sound."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 08-28-2003 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
3
Red Light Moves in Circular Pattern (2002)
ufo
ufo
location:  Eau Claire  /  Menomonie (Dunn County)

"Off the Northwest there was a very bright red light, I figured it was an airplane but at second glance I noticed that it was moving the way your hand would if you were washing a window with your hand in a circular motion."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 02-16-2002 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
4
Bright Green Light Seen Over Highway 37 (2002)
ufo
ufo
location:  Eau Claire  /  Mondovi (Buffalo County)

"In comparison to to the moon it looked to be about a 1/4 of the size but alot closer (kind of hard to explain) it stayed like that for about 10 seconds then seemed to just take off very fast and disapeared (sic) behind the horizon in a few seconds like it was coming down but close as if it was falling over the osseo area."
– section from UFO Wisconsin report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
5
Couple on Deck Observe Odd Lights (2003)
ufo
ufo
location:  Altoona

"We watched it for just a couple minutes and all of the sudden the big bright white light instantly shut off. We watched the 3 small red lights float around in all different directions for a few minutes and they disappeared."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 04-09-2003 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
6
Flashing Light Moving in Distance (2004)
ufo
ufo
location:  Eleva (Trempealeau County)

"...it started moving up and down in jerking movements, then it began moving backwards to its direction of travel."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 11-13-2004 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.

"A moderately rotten human dead body was seen in the center of Eau Claire River holding a human skull. Freaked out by the watchers the phantom made its way into the dark. Residents say that this ghost is probably the undeparted ghost of a local resident who used to have a home here in Altoona."
– section from Ghosts of America website
Ghosts of America
www.ghostsofamerica.com
8
Lowes Creek Hill
at Lowes Creek County Park
haunted
haunted
location:  Eau Claire

The area has a history of paranormal incidents, going back a century or more. See the Volume One links at right for more details.
grey_arrow   From Highway 93, south of the city, turn west onto County Road II. After ¾ mile, turn right on S. Lowes Creek Road. After 1¼ mile, turn into park entrance.
Lowes Creek Hill
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
Lowes Creek Park Official Site
www.co.eau-claire.wi.us
Volume One
1. article "Strange Happenings on Lowes Creek Hill" or archived (here)
2. article "Ghost Story From Chippewa October 15th, 1908" or archived (here)
“Lowes Creek ”
video by hauntingexperiments
“Wolf Pack”
haunted
haunted
location:  Eau Claire

In the book "Spooky Wisconsin", a tragic tale is told that details the events that befell a pioneer family one winter night long ago.

"'Minnie!' Maggie screamed as the little girl tumbled into the snow. At once, the wolves pursuing the sleigh whirled away and leapt upon the little figure. Minnie gave one terrified shriek and was silent as the wolves growled and snapped and fought with each other her tiny figure."
– section from the book "Spooky Wisconsin"
book:
"Spooky Wisconsin"
by S. E. Schlosser
Globe Pequot Press (2008)
page(s) 103 – 109
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10
Stony Lonesome Road
haunted road
haunted road
location:  Augusta

Stony Lonesome Road
Stony Lonesome Road
A great name for a rural road (sometimes misspelled as Stoney Lonesome Road), but there doesn't seem to be any real reason why it is considered to be haunted other than the fact that it is a very isolated rustic roadway.
grey_arrow   in Wilson Township, Stony Lonesome Road runs from County Road NL to Tower Road
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
Strange USA
www.strangeusa.com


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Dells Mill Water Powered Museum
and
Dells Mill Schoolhouse
location:   Augusta
historic structure / museum

Dells Mill Water Powered Museum
Dells Mill Water Powered Museum
"This remarkable, five-story building, built in 1864 is entirely constructed of hand-hewn timbers fastened with wooden pegs. Except for the grindstones, the mill machinery, including the millwheel, gears and pulleys, is also fashioned entirely of wood. The waterpower generated by Bridge Creek is transferred from waterwheel to milling machinery over 3000 feet of belting and 175 pulleys."
– section from Explore Wisconsin website
green_arrow   E18855 County Road V
Augusta, WI 54722
(715) 286-2714
hours:
May thru October (daily) 10am – 5pm
Official Site
www.dellsmill.com
Augusta Official Site
1. www.augustawi.com
(Dells School history)
2. www.augustawi.com
Ohio Barns
www.ohiobarns.com
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
article "Dells Mill — an underappreciated local historical gem" or archived (here)
book:
"Weird Wonderful America"
by Laura A. Bergheim
Collier Books (1988)
page(s) 209 – 210
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“Dells Mill Dolly Timelapse - Augusta, WI ”
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Fall Creek Historical Society
location:   Fall Creek
museum

" Exhibits in the museum depict scenes from Fall Creek's past, including a dressmaker shop, a photographer's studio, a doctor's office, a store, a church and a school room. The original log cabin houses an old kitchen and laundry room. A special display features Ron Schultz, a long time and much honored football and basketball coach. Built in historic Randall Park right on Highway 12, the museum houses any items relating to Fall Creek's history, but will be of interest to anyone. A smaller building features old-time kitchen and wash house artifacts."
– section from official website
green_arrow   E11940 County Road J
Fall Creek, WI 54742
(715) 877-3108
hours:
Summer (Sundays) 2pm – 4pm
(also by appointment)
Official Site
www.fchistoricalsociety.com
Explore Wisconsin
www.explorewisconsin.com
3
The Wood Shed
location:   Augusta
Amish store

"Step into the peaceful past on a guided tour of the Amish Community and stop at the Woodshed, a unique store where the Amish display and sell the work of their arts and crafts..."
– section from Explore Wisconsin website
green_arrow   105 West Lincoln St.
Augusta, WI
(715) 286-5404
hours:
(Mon - Sat) 10am – 5:30pm
(Thursdays) 10am – 9pm
The Wood Shed
Official Site
www.woodshedheirlooms.com
Augusta Official Site
www.augustawi.com
Explore Wisconsin
www.explorewisconsin.com
4
Memorial to a Farm
location:   Fall Creek
memorial / historical oddity

Memorial to a Farm
Memorial to a Farm
Almost hidden from passers-by, the granite marker near this lonely country road tells the history of the farmland which lies deep in the forest. The Manske-Mittelstadt-Loken Farm was established in 1868.

"This marker was placed here to commemorate the brave German pioneers from Prussia that crossed the Atlantic on the way to their new homes in the Fall Creek area of Eau Claire County."
– section from inscription on marker
green_arrow   E10460 County Road I
Fall Creek, WI 54742
WebTrees
(family of Johann Christlieb Manske)
www.jjandjc.com


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