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“UFO Capital of the World”
and
UFO Daze
and
Benson's Hide-a-way
location:   Dundee
self-designation / event / tavern with character

“UFO Capital of the World”
“UFO Capital of the World”
Located in a hub of extra-terrestrial activity, the UFO-themed Benson's Hideaway plays host to the annual UFO DAZE celebration, usually held the 3rd Saturday in July.
black_arrow  (3 miles north of Dundee off Highway 67)
N4241 Boy Scout Road
Campbellsport, WI 53010
(920) 533-8219
hours:
(Tues - Fri) open at 11am
(Sat - Sun) open at 10am (closed Mondays)

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section below.
“UFO Capital of the World”
 web links
The Lightside UFO Study Group
1. www.thelightside.org
2. UFO Daze information (2006) www.thelightside.org
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Classic Wisconsin
www.classicwisconsin.com
Wisconsin Sickness
www.wisconsinsickness.com
Fond du Lac Reporter
article "Fond du Lac area is hot spot for UFO activity" or archived (here)
Chicago Reader
1. article "UFO Daze" or archived (here)
2. article "Star Wars" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 101 – 103
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book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 109
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 110 – 111
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“Dundee St Patricks Day 2011”
video by ObscureView
“UFO Daze at Benson's Resort - Part 1”
video by ObscureView
“UFO Daze at Benson's Resort - Part 2”
video by ObscureView
“Benson, Out of this World (2011 Trailer)”
video by gboftheded
2
Birthplace of the Republican Party
and
The Little White School House
location:   Ripon
historical site

Birthplace of the Republican Party
Birthplace of the Republican Party
"In this schoolhouse, on March 20, 1854, the first mass meeting in the country was held that definitely and positively cut loose from old parties and advocated a new party under the name 'Republican'."
– section from Ripon Chamber website
black_arrow   303 Blackburn St.
Ripon, WI 54971
(920) 748-6764
hours:
• Memorial Day thru Labor Day (daily) 10am – 4pm
• May, September & October (Sat - Sun) 10am – 4pm
Official Site
www.littlewhiteschoolhouse.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce
www.itinteractive.com
Wisconsin Historical Society
www.wisconsinhistory.org
book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 57 – 58
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book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 95 – 96
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 87 – 88
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book:
"The Wisconsin Story: 150 Stories/150 Years"
by Dennis McCann
Journal Sentinel Inc (1998)
page(s) 107
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3
Talking Country Roads
location:   Campbellsport  /  Ripon  /  Fond du Lac  /  Waupun
driving tour

Explore the history of Fond du Lac County from the comfort of your own vehicle while listening to CDs provided by the Fond du Lac Chamber of Commerce. Also available is an audio tour of Fond du Lac's famous buildings.
black_arrow   171 S Pioneer Road
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(800) 937-9123
hours:
(Mon - Fri) 8am – 5pm
(Saturdays) 9am – 3pm / (Sundays) 11am – 3pm
Talking Country Roads
Official Site
www.fdl.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Talking about and taking country roads" or archived (here)
4
Raised Tractor with Mannequin
at Lefeber's Antique Tractors
location:   Calumetville
roadside oddity

Raised Tractor with Mannequin
photos contributed by Steve Hudack
Raised Tractor with Mannequin
Ignore the phone number on the photo if you'd like to contact Mr. Lefeber and ask him how he managed to lift his tractor onto the pole. The new number is listed below.
black_arrow   N1345 Hwy 151
Calumetville, WI 53049
(920) 579-2469
Flickr
www.flickr.com
book:
"Strange Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Trails Books (2007)
page(s) 176 – 177
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5
Four Horses Grave
location:   Van Dyne  /  Fond du Lac
unique grave

Beloved farm animals from the 19th century get their own grave marker. A second marker is dedicated to their owner, Joseph Kinsman.

"Curious, the road crew tore away the vines covering the crumbling stone. They hoped to find the name of the person buried there. To their surprise they found not one but four occupants of the grave — all horses."
– section from the book "This is Wisconsin"
black_arrow   5 miles north of Fond du Lac on the east side of Highway 45 just north of Lincoln Road
Four Horses Grave
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 256
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book:
"This is Wisconsin"
by Robert E. Gard
Stanton & Lee (1969)
page(s) 116 – 117
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6
Plow-Shaped Mailbox
location:   St. Cloud
roadside oddity

More innovative than that large-mouth bass mailbox you bought from Fleet Farm, wouldn't you admit?
black_arrow  (on County Road G, north of Highway 67 & across from the Mullet Creek Wildlife Area)
N5901 County Road G
St. Cloud, WI 53079
Plow-Shaped Mailbox
(no resource available)

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Giant Turkey Statue
location:   Pipe  /  Malone
roadside oddity

Giant Turkey Statue
photos contributed by Steve Hudack
Giant Turkey Statue
This white-feathered fowl now stands near a machine shed on the property.
black_arrow   W2068 Kiel Road
Malone, WI 53049
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
Flickr
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“Witch Road”
aka Callun Road
haunted road
haunted road
location:  Rosendale

“Witch Road”
“Witch Road”
A haunted road complete with a dilapidated witch house, which is on private property just so you know.

"The road is very dark and very cold in certain spots, there is old run down house on the right side of the road where the witch used to live some 50 or 60 years ago, there have been sightings of lights flashing from the end of the road, white lights appearing on trees, and what looks like a little girl peaking her head around the side of tree's. On the way down the road there is a tree on the right side that looks exactly like a witch. "
– section from The Shadowlands website
“Witch Road”
A road with an undecided name cannot rest.
grey_arrow   Take Highway 23 west out of Rosendale. Turn left onto County Road KK as Highway 23 curves off to the northwest. Callun Road is 2 miles down off to the left.
 web links
 books & video
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 125 – 127
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book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 210
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book:
"Strange Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Trails Books (2007)
page(s) 128
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book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures"
by Chad Lewis
On The Road Publications (2011)
page(s) 1 – 7
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 50 – 51
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 113 – 116
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“Paranormal Wisconsin's | Witch Road |”
video by hauntedresearchers
2
Campbellsport UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Campbellsport

"I have to say it was the size of a football field and it had windows in it that were lit up. I watched to see if I could see movement or anything else, but could not."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 05-1994 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
3
Dad Putting Kids to Bed Spots Triangular UFO (2002)
ufo
ufo
location:  St. Cloud

"The object was a reddish-orange color and was moving very fast."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 06-28-2002 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
4
"Youth Claims Seeing 2 Green Men from UFO" (1976)
ufo
ufo
location:  Malone

"Mark said he drove over to the area where the object had landed and saw the two green men when he shone the car's bright headlights."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-31-1976 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
Weird Wisconsin
www.weird-wi.com or archived (here)
5
Eel-Like Monster of Long Lake
lake monster
lake monster
location:  Campbellsport

"They told the proprietor that they spotted an eel like monster about 28 feet long swimming along the shore of the state park beach. It was dark brown with light brown spots."
– section from The W-Files report
Eel-Like Monster of Long Lake
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
book:
"Monsters of Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2011)
page(s) 87 – 88
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6
"UFO Frightens Cows Near Eden" (1988)
ufo
ufo
location:  Eden

"'I wanted to know what was out there that had scared them,' Dins said. 'So I walked around the building and off to the east there was this big, oval or saucer-shaped thing with orange lights.'"
– section from UFO Wisconsin 08-16-1988 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
7
Devils Lake
hellish moniker
hellish moniker
location:  Fond du Lac

The Weird Wisconsin website ponders the multitude of Devil-related place names in Wisconsin.

"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
Weird Wisconsin
www.weird-wi.com or archived (here)
8
Ripon UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Ripon

"It was in the sky, and looked like an asteroid but a lot lower and moving at a much slower pace...After another minute or so, it stopped in mid air..."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 04-08-2002 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
9
Dundee UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Dundee

"These objects appeared at about 10:05 pm, and stayed together for about 15 minutes. Suddenly, there was a loud pop like a firecracker and the spheres broke apart. The large object with the orange/yellow light broke in two and fell straight toward the ground. One of the smaller objects shot off to the right in a straight line until it eventually disappeared."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-21-2001 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
Fond du Lac Reporter
article "Fond du Lac area is hot spot for UFO activity" or archived (here)
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 109
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 110 – 111
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book:
"UFO Wisconsin: A Progress Report"
by Noah Voss
Unexplained Research Publishing (2008)
page(s) 127 – 167
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10
Lights in Sky Over Darkened Road (1984)
ufo
ufo
location:  Johnsburg

"The one light suddenly broke into two-horizontally-and raced off over our heads-not making a sound and with such speed we actually couldn't believe what we had seen."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 02-15-1984 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
11
Campers Observe UFO at Mauthe Lake (2004)
ufo
ufo
location:  Campbellsport

"The bottom of it was brighter and looked almost like fire. Many people from sites around ours went to the road to watch."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 09-11-2004 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
12
Campbellsport Inn
formerly Amber Hotel
ghost
ghost
location:  Campbellsport

Campbellsport Inn
Campbellsport Inn
The friendly ghost of former owner Edward "Mush" Bauer (1906 - 1957), who once tipped the scales at almost 800-lbs., remains on the premises.

His oversized chair is listed in the Attractions section on the Fond du Lac City page.

And that same oversized chair can be viewed in person at the Blakely Museum, listed in the History section on the Fond du Lac City Page.
grey_arrow   139 West Main St.
Campbellsport, WI 53010
(920) 533-8816
Official Site
(no mention of Mush)
www.campbellsportinn.com
Kewaskum Statesman
article "Local Legend Keeps Mush's Spirit Alive at the Campbellsport Inn" or archived (here)
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 236
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“Campbellsport Inn Feb. 2013”
video by Paradigm Shift Paranormal
“The Night Rider”
unexplained phenomena
unexplained phenomena
location:  somewhere in Fond du Lac County

An unexplained phenomena haunts a farm family.

"Suddenly I remembered all I had heard about the Night Rider. This must be it. I meant not to let it scare me the way it had scared everyone else. Then I heard woeful wailing like unnumbered souls in agonizing torment; faint at first, but rapidly becoming louder and closer along with the other noise, now roaring and crashing. The tumult was above and all around me."
– section from The W-Files website & the book "Wisconsin Lore"
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 51 – 55
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14
Couple Watches Bizarre Balls of Light Near Jets (2005)
ufo
ufo
location:  Waupun

"There were about 6-8 t and then they were gone. At first I thought two planes collided, but there was no explosion. It was not travelling (sic) across the sky like a meteor or anything."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 06-16-2005 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
15
Capone's
formerly Club Harbor Bed & Breakfast
ghost
ghost
location:  Pipe  /  Malone

"Club Harbor was a bed and breakfast back in the early 1900's when it was built. When you look at the window on the 3rd floor, you can see a women in the window. There were 2 murders and 1 suicide were performed in the very same room that the women is standing in. The woman is known to have blond hair and also may be the woman that was raped and murdered, or the woman that committed suicide."
– section from The Shadowlands website
grey_arrow   N10302 Highway 151
Malone, WI 53049
(920) 795-4140
The Shadowlands
www.theshadowlands.net
Official Site
www.caponesofpipe.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 240
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16
Orange Glowing Ball Observed in Sky (2006)
ufo
ufo
location:  Fairwater

"....and then when it was over our heads we saw that the glow was pulsing....but then when we saw it from the back it looked like 2 of them...."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-18-2006 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
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Crop Circle on Long Lake (1995)
crop circles
crop circles
location:  Campbellsport

"Taking a row boat out to the site, they saw that they could actually get out of the boat and walk on the flattened reeds as it had become like a mat floating on the water."
– section from The W-Files report
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
Independent Crop Circle Researchers' Organization
www.iccra.org
Chicago Reader
article "Star Wars" or archived (here)
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 109
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 110 – 111
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"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 glow-in-the-dark human figure has supposedly been noticed on a small number of instances facing the observer in Adelaide Park in the early morning hours."
– section from Ghosts of America website
Ghosts of America
www.ghostsofamerica.com
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Ripon College
haunted
haunted
location:  Ripon

There are many stories about phantoms (& demons) roaming the campus of Ripon College, including locations such as the C. J. Rodman Center for the Arts, Brockway Hall, Bovay Hall, and Scott Hall.
grey_arrow   300 E Seward St.
Ripon, WI 54971
(920) 748-8115
Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee
www.paranormalmilwaukee.com
Ripon College Days
1. article "Campus history haunted with ghost stories, unexplained events" or archived (here)
2. article "Lane Library Haunted?" or archived (here)
book:
"Haunted Heritage"
by Michael Norman & Beth Scott
Doherty, Tom Assoc (2007 ed.)
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book:
"Haunts of Wisconsin"
by Devon Bell
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 81 – 88
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Campus Cinema
ghost
ghost
location:  Ripon

The book "Strange Wisconsin" reveals incidents of the paranormal persuasion that have occurred at this theater.
grey_arrow   103 Watson St.
Ripon, WI 54971
(920) 748-2506
book:
"Strange Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Trails Books (2007)
page(s) 127
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Sisson's Peony Gardens
location:   Rosendale
historical site

Sisson's Peony Gardens
Sisson's Peony Gardens
This plot of land once covered 5 acres with 2500 varieties of peonies, first planted by Wilbur Sisson in 1918. Rosendale once boasted a Peony Festival to celebrate the colorful, short-blooming flower during the second week of June, but it may soon return.
green_arrow   on Highway 26, north of intersection with Highway 23
(920) 872-2131
Rosendale Historical Society
rosendale.wlhn.org
Wisconsin Historical Society
www.wisconsinhistory.org
World Wide Panorama
www.worldwidepanorama.org
Wisconsin Public Television
video.wpt2.org
Fond du Lac Reporter
1. article "Famous peonies reappear in Rosendale" or archived (here)
2. article "Sisson's Peony Gardens to hold lunch, dedication event June 10" or archived (here)
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Rosendale revives garden and maybe the Peony Queen" or archived (here)
2
Calumet Harbor Lighthouse
location:   Pipe
lighthouse

"The 75-foot light tower that currently marks the entrance to Pipe Creek from Lake Winnebago was originally built as a water tower for the Fond du Lac Table Factory. In 1936, the tower was moved to Calumet Harbor where it began its second life as an observation tower and navigational aid....In 1992, through the joint effort of the Columbia Park Tower Fund and Fond du Lac County, the tower was restored and opened once more for climbing."
– section from Lighthouse Friends
green_arrow   From Highway 151 north of Fond du Lac, turn west on County Road W (at Pipe). Columbia Park is at the shoreline.
Lighthouse Friends
www.lighthousefriends.com
Ohio Barns
www.ohiobarns.com


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