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1
World's Largest "M"
(250 feet tall)
location:   Bagley
"precious" stones

World's Largest
photos contributed by Jeff Dallas
This giant monogram was built by the Engineering Department from UW-Platteville in 1936. The "M" stands for "Miners". You can climb stairs to enjoy the view from the top of the giant consonant as well.
World's Largest
World's Largest
black_arrow   The "M" is found on Platte Mound, County Trunk B, on Hiawatha Pioneer Trail, about 4 miles east of Platteville. There is parking at the site.
Platteville Official Site
www.platteville.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "What's in an M, writ large?" or archived (here)
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 78 – 79
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book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 213 – 214
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 203 – 205
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book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 129
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“Worlds Largest "M" - Platteville Wisconsin”
video by RundeAutogroup
2
Dickeyville Grotto
at the Holy Ghost Church & Parish
location:   Dickeyville
grotto / religious shrine

Dickeyville Grotto
photos contributed by Jeff Dallas
Dickeyville Grotto
Started by Father Mathias Wernerus in 1920, the Grotto stands 25 feet tall and includes statues of Jesus, Mary and angels. There are also individual shrines to the saints and a companion piece, "Patriotism in Stone" that displays statues of Lincoln, Washington and Columbus.

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Dickeyville Grotto
Dickeyville Grotto
black_arrow   305 W Main St.
Dickeyville, WI 53808
(608) 568-3119
 web links
Official Site
www.dickeyvillegrotto.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Minnesota Museum of the Mississippi
www.mnmuseumofthems.org
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
New Low
www.newlow.org
Portal Wisconsin
360° Panorama Video
www.portalwisconsin.org
Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
1. csumc.wisc.edu
2. csumc.wisc.edu
Art in Wisconsin
www.artinwisconsin.com
State Trunk Tour
www.statetrunktour.com
Spiritual Travels
www.spiritualtravels.info
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
www.jmkac.org
Spaces
www.spacesarchives.org
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Back road bonanza" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 168 – 169
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book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 198 – 200
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 189 – 190
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book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 104 – 105
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book:
"Dickeyville Grotto"
by Susan A. Niles
Univ. Press of Mississipp (1997)
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book:
"Sacred Spaces and Other Places"
by Lisa Stone and Jim Zanzi
School of Art Inst. of Chicago Press (1993)
page(s) 28 – 45
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book:
"Eccentric America"
by Jan Friedman
Globe Pequot Press (2nd edit., 2004)
page(s) 84
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book:
"Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations"
by Randy Mason, Mike Murphy & Don Mayberger
Kansas City Star Books (2002)
page(s) 56 – 57
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book:
"Midwest Marvels"
by Eric Dregni
UofM Press (2006)
page(s) 352 – 354
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book:
"Fun Along the Road"
by John Margolies
Bulfinch Press (1998)
page(s) 95
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book:
"Weird U.S.: The Oddyssey Continues"
by Mark Moran, Mark Scuerman, Matt Lake
Sterling Pub Co Inc (2008)
page(s) 162
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book:
"Miracles of The Spirit: Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin"
by Don Krug & Ann Parker
University Press of Mississippi (2005)
page(s) 166 – 170, 223
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“Dickeyville Grotto”
video by Michael Foley
3
Igor the Giant Mouse
at Carr Valley Cheese
location:   Fennimore
roadside oddity / cheese pride

Igor the Giant Mouse
Igor the Giant Mouse
There was a period of despair in the first decade of the 21st century. After local business Fennimore Cheese had been sold to Carr Valley Cheese, Igor, the beloved fiberglass mouse that had stood in front of the store for many a season, disappeared. Children wept and dogs howled. But a day of rejoicing soon followed when Igor returned, fully restored and placed once again in his former spot on the cheese shop's front lawn.

Named after composer Igor Stravinsky by the store's former owner, the late Steve Bahl, Igor greets visitors to Carr Valley Cheese and endures many a family photo op. Hopefully, he always will.

NOTE: Roadside America had made mention of a unique 1970's 7-Up billboard that had once been present at this site. The vintage advertisement's fate is unknown.
black_arrow   1675 Lincoln Ave.
Fennimore, WI 53809
(888) 499-3778 or (608) 822-3777
hours:
(Mon - Sat) 9am – 5pm
(Sundays) 10am – 4pm
 web links
Official Site
carrvalleycheese.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Thom.org
www.thom.org
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
Flickr
www.flickr.com
Quad City Times (2005 article)
article "Igor's gone, and cheese lovers mourn" or archived (here)
Midwest News (2006 article)
article "Cheese Galore in Fennimore" or archived (here)
Telegraph Herald Online
article " Steve Bahl, former owner of Fennimore Cheese Factory, dies" or archived (here)
SWnews4u
article "Igor will stay put" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 71
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book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 193
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 193
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book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 109
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4
Dinky the Train
at the Fennimore Railroad Museum
location:   Fennimore
historical oddity / museum

Dinky the Train
Dinky the Train
The Dinky is a narrow gauge train that ran from 1878 to 1926 on a 3-foot wide track. It now stands next to the museum, which houses a collection of railroad memorabilia, including model trains, telegraph paraphernalia and a blacksmith shop.
black_arrow   610 Lincoln Ave.
Fennimore, WI 53809
(608) 822-6144
hours:
• Memorial weekend thru Labor Day (daily) 10am – 4pm
• September and October (weekends only)
Fennimore Official Site
www.fennimore.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Ohio Barns
www.ohiobarns.com
Wisconsin Historical Society
www.wisconsinhistory.org
On Milwaukee
article "The Dinky lives on in Fennimore" or archived (here)
5
Birthplace of the Gideon Bible
at the Boscobel Hotel
location:   Boscobel
historical site

Birthplace of the Gideon Bible
Birthplace of the Gideon Bible
Once named the Central House Hotel, the structure now houses a bar & restaurant. Room 19 of the old hotel has been preserved for viewing, because here, in September 1898, two salesmen were roomed together due to lack of vacancy. This chance meeting and subsequent conversations between the two men gave birth to the Gideons International Society, which keeps hotel nightstands around the world supplied with Bibles.

The same room was also used by then-senator John F. Kennedy and wife, Jackie, in 1960.
black_arrow   1005 Wisconsin Ave.
Boscobel, WI 53805
(608) 375-4714
hours:
(daily) 10am – 2am

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section below
Birthplace of the Gideon Bible
Wisconsin Central
www.classicwisconsin.com
Wisconsin Historical Society
www.wisconsinhistory.org
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 192
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 184
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book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 99 – 100
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book:
"Odd Wisconsin"
by Erika Janik
Wisconsin Historical Society Press (2006)
page(s) 155 – 157
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6
City of Presidents
and
The "Presidential Caboose"
location:   Cuba City
self-designation / historical oddity

City of Presidents
City of Presidents
Presidential shields are located along Main Street honoring each and every one of our elected leaders, whether Republican, Democrat, Democratic-Republican, Federalist or Whig. The Presidential Caboose, also on Main Street, is painted up with an appropriate theme.
City of Presidents
City of Presidents
Cuba City Official Site
www.cubacity.org
Flickr
www.flickr.com
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press (1st ed., 2000)
page(s) 190
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World's Longest Main Street
location:   Potosi
self-designation

In the 1950's, Potosi was given the designation by Ripley's Believe It or Not as having the longest main street without an intersection in the world. This is due to the fact that the town is situated in a long, narrow valley.
black_arrow   3 miles stretch of Highway 133
World's Longest Main Street
Potosi Tennyson Area Chamber
www.potosiwisconsin.com
Thom.org
www.thom.org
State Trunk Tour
www.statetrunktour.com
book:
"Sidetracked in Wisconsin"
by Mary Bergin
Itchy Cat Press (2006)
page(s) 100 – 102
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8
Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum
location:   Fennimore
museum

"The Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum exhibit of antique and collectible dolls and vintage toys ranges from the 1800's through 2000. Porcelain, bisque, and a huge custom designed Barbie® display can be seen along with a detailed dollhouse. Tin toys, windup and pull toys, early Fisher Price® toys, Disney® characters, and many others are also featured."
– section from the official website
black_arrow   1135 6th Street
Fennimore, WI 53809
(608) 822-4100 or (888) 867-7935
hours:
(May - Oct) 10am – 4pm
Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum
photo courtesy of official site
Official Site
www.dollandtoymuseum.com
Wisconsin Energy Cooperative magazine
www.wecnmagazine.com
book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 108
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9
Silent Woman Restaurant & Fenway House Hotel
location:   Fennimore
restaurant with character

Silent Woman Restaurant & Fenway House Hotel
Silent Woman Restaurant & Fenway House Hotel
A unique dining experience with a 19th century courtyard garden atmosphere. Diners' tables are located in the "courtyard" and inside the "buildings" on two levels. The photos shown here do not do justice to this very charming establishment. Check out the images on the official site for better views.
black_arrow   1094 Lincoln Avenue
Fennimore, WI 53809
(608) 822-3782
Official Site
www.thesilentwoman.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
SWnews4u
article "New owners take back Silent Woman name" or archived (here)
10
Rollo Jamison Museum
location:   Platteville
museum

Rollo Jamison Museum
Rollo Jamison Museum
Yes! We have boxing squirrels!
This museum is connected to the Bevans Lead Mine & Mining Museum listed below.

"Rollo Jamison was born in Beetown, WI in 1899 and started collecting arrowheads on the family farm as a boy. Rollo Jamison's collection grew to more than 20,000 items that illustrate everyday life of the people residing in Southwest Wisconsin. You can come see many of these items at the Rollo Jamison Museum on a self-guided tour, including carriages, farm implements, military items, small town business, home life, education, music, and many others antique pieces."
– section from Platteville official site
black_arrow   405 East Main Street
Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-3301
hours:
• May thru Oct (daily) 9am – 5pm
• Nov thru April (changing galleries open Mon - Fri)
9am – 4pm (group tours year round by appointment)
Official Site
www.mining.jamison.museum
Platteville Official Site
www.platteville.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Turn right at off ramp for a bit of the offbeat" or archived (here)
book:
"Great Little Museums of the Midwest"
by Christine Des Garennes
Trails Books (2002)
page(s) 18 – 20
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11
Turkey Statue
and
Turkey Hunting Capital of Wisconsin
location:   Boscobel
roadside oddity / self-designation

Turkey Statue
Turkey Statue
But how big are the spurs?

Boscobel is interchangeably known as the "Turkey Hunting Capital of Wisconsin", the "Wild Turkey Capital of Wisconsin", and even the "Turkey Hunting Capital of the WORLD"!
Note: the statue does not have spurs.
black_arrow   1202 Elm Street (Highway 61)
Boscobel, WI 53805
Thom.org
www.thom.org
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
Flickr
www.flickr.com
12
Passenger Pigeon Monument
at Wyalusing State Park
location:   Bagley  /  Prairie du Chien (Crawford County)
memorial

Passenger Pigeon Monument
photos courtesy of Friends of Wyalusing State Park
Passenger Pigeon Monument
passenger pigeon hunt
Located on Sentinel Ridge Trail, this stone memorial is dedicated to the extinct bird, the last of which in Wisconsin was shot in Babcock in 1899, 15 years before the very last specimen died in captivity.
black_arrow  (From Prairie du Chien, head south on Highway 18/35. Cross the Wisconsin River and turn west on County Road C. After 3 miles, turn right on County Road X. Follow to park entrance.)
13081 State Park Lane
Bagley, WI 53801
(608) 996-2261
Friends of Wyalusing State Park
www.wyalusing.org
Friends of Wyalusing State Park (blog)
friendsofwyalusingstatepark.
blogspot.com

Wisconsin Historical Society
www.wisconsinhistory.org
Project Passenger Pigeon
www.passengerpigeon.org
book:
"Oddball Wisconsin"
by Jerome Pohlen
Chicago Review Press, Inc. (2001)
page(s) 96 – 97
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Bellhop Statue gone
location:   Fennimore
roadside oddity

How many times over the years have children looked out the car window during a ride into Fennimore and shouted, "Mom! Dad! It's Johnny Roventini! Johnny Roventini!" Probably never. Johnny, aka "Johnny the Bellboy", began his career as a living mascot for Philip Morris back in 1933. Discovered while working as an actual bellboy in New York City, the diminutive Johnny (he was less than four feet tall) was soon used in advertising campaigns shouting out the catchphrase "Call for Philip Morris!", including television appearances during "I Love Lucy." back in the early 1950's. At some point, animatronic statues of the character were made available to businesses selling Philip Morris products and one ended up in Fennimore. The deteriorating fiberglass bellboy once was strapped to some poles in front of the Three B's (Beer Bait & Bargains) store, now called East Side Sports & Liquor.
black_arrow  was at: 4443 US Highway 18
Fennimore, WI 53809
Bellhop Statue
photo courtesy of Brettsky's Flickr photos (currently unavailable)
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
Flickr
(photo of a pristine bellhop statue)
www.flickr.com
14
Giant Cone-Top Beer Can
at the Holiday Gardens Event Center
location:   Potosi
roadside oddity

Giant Cone-Top Beer Can
Giant Cone-Top Beer Can
The cone-top "can" was created by modifying an old Potosi Brewery silo. I would assume it's the largest of its kind in the world. Inscription on side of can/silo: "CONTENTS 2,319,241 FL. OZ.""
black_arrow   101 Brewery Hollow Road
Potosi, WI 53820
(608) 763-2822
Flickr photos by oeitii
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Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Back-roads breweries" or archived (here)
15
Pasture of Dinosaurs
location:   Hazel Green
roadside oddity / yard art

Pasture of Dinosaurs
Pasture of Dinosaurs
Pasture of Dinosaurs
Pasture of Dinosaurs
The scrap metal skeletons of a tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, pterodactyl and more can be seen peacefully standing amongst the grazing cattle at this dairy farm...biding their time.

2013 UPDATE: A new addition to this prehistoric pasture is an alien visible in his UFO. Perhaps he is a space traveler from the distant past, having visited our world and found only giant lizards. Well, come back again, Mars-man. Yours is an enemy planet.
Pasture of Dinosaurs
black_arrow   (west of Hazel Green on Highway 11 at Country Road Z)
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
LykeMinded (blog)
jimlyke.blogspot.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
Waymarking
www.waymarking.com
Panoramio
www.panoramio.com
Wisconsin State Journal
article "Fields Of Dreams They're Not, Unless You're In Jurassic Park" or archived (here)
“Dinosaurs in Wisconsin”
video by lctv13
16
Ellis Nelson's Metal Sculptures
The Birdman of Muscoda
location:   Muscoda
outsider artist / yard art

Ellis Nelson's Metal Sculptures
Ellis Nelson's Metal Sculptures
"The yard surrounding Ellis Nelson's rural Muscoda studio is filled with a myriad of art pieces ranging from a large metal dinosaur to smaller pieces like the curve-winged metal bats that appear to be flying overhead."
– section from Grant County official site
Ellis Nelson's Metal Sculptures
Ellis Nelson's Metal Sculptures
black_arrow   124 W Catherine St.
Muscoda, WI 53573
(608) 739-3067
Ellis Nelson's Metal Sculptures
To order this book, use the Angelfire link to the right.
Grant County Official Site
grantcounty.org
Ellis Nelson - Visionary Artist of Metal Sculptures
www.angelfire.com
Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Culture
csumc.wisc.edu
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Folk art in a familiar state" or archived (here)
book:
"Miracles of The Spirit: Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin"
by Don Krug & Ann Parker
University Press of Mississippi (2005)
page(s) 150, 205 – 212
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book:
"Strange Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Trails Books (2007)
page(s) 103 – 105
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17
Vintage Texaco Station
location:   Hazel Green
unique architecture

A great photo op here in Hazel Green. Strange that the Wisconsin Historical Society's book on old Wisconsin gas stations, "Fill 'er Up", purposely did not feature this particular station, along with a few others, due to "questionable" modification.
black_arrow   2725 N Percival St.
Hazel Green, WI 53811
(608) 854-2713
Vintage Texaco Station
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
Waymarking
www.waymarking.com
Flickr
www.flickr.com
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A&W Root Bear Statue
location:   Lancaster
roadside oddity

Rooty the Great Root Bear has been used as a mascot for the A&W restaurant chain since 1974. He can be found here and there around the state if you watch for him.
black_arrow   1307 S Madison St.
Lancaster, WI 53813
(608) 723-2090
A&W Root Bear Statue
Official A&W Site
www.awrootbeer.com
Roadside Architecture
www.agilitynut.com
19
Rod Pasold's Motorcycle Death Row
Yard of Mechanized Monstrosities
gone
location:   Bagley
"precious" stones

Rod Pasold's Motorcycle Death Row
Rod Pasold's Motorcycle Death Row
The best part about putting together this website is when you go on a roadtrip to take photos of known attractions and you end up discovering places like this along the way. You're suddenly taken off guard by the sight of a yard filled with bizarre vehicles and motorcycle helmets. The helmets, my God, the helmets. They, along with an impressive collection of cycles, border the yard alongside a long fenceline. Owner Rod Pasold occasionally receives a used helmet donation by a passerby who simply chucks it into his yard.

2011 UPDATE: Rod Pasold passed away on February 3, 2011 at age 52. A trip past his former home shows no sign of his creations. Hopefully, someone will display them in his memory one day.

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Rod Pasold's Motorcycle Death Row
black_arrow  was at: 2643 Highway 133
Blue River, WI 53518
Rod Pasold's Motorcycle World of Blue River
rod-pasold.angelfire.com
Adventures on a 97 BMW 1100RT
1100rt97.blogspot.com
Find-A-Grave
www.findagrave.com
Wisconsin State Journal
article "One Man's Junk, Another Man's Art" 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) 182 – 184
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Potosi Beer Transportation Museum
and
American Brewery Association Museum
at the Potosi Brewery
location:   Potosi
museum

Potosi Beer Transportation Museum
Potosi Beer Transportation Museum
The cave was not open at the time of this photo, but has opened to the public since.
"The Potosi Brewing Company Transportation Museum tells the story of how an industrial building on the Great River Road made use of the river, the highway and the railway. Through exhibits and interactive displays, the history of the Potosi Brewery is told through various modes of transportation."
"The National Brewery Museum and research library preserve the rich history of America's breweries through the preservation of brewery memorabilia and advertising. Changing displays will highlight various breweries and collectibles."
– section from the official website
black_arrow   209 South Main Street
Potosi, WI 53820
(608) 763-4002
hours:
• museum: (daily) 10am – 6pm
• restaurant opens daily at 11am

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section below
Official Site
www.potosibrewery.com
American Breweriana Association Official Site
www.americanbreweriana.org
State Trunk Tour
www.statetrunktour.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Back-roads breweries" or archived (here)
“The State Trunk Tour visits Potosi Brewing & The National Brewery Museum”
video by epmke
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Caboose-Shaped Sign
at Friederick's Family Restaurant
location:   Fennimore
roadside oddity

This train-related signage fits well in a town known for its railroad museum.
black_arrow   430 Lincoln Ave.
Fennimore, WI 53809
(608) 822-7070
Caboose-Shaped Sign
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
22
Unique Cafe
location:   Boscobel
restaurant with character

Unique Cafe
Owners Doyle & Nancy Lewis' collection of vintage advertising signs, memorabilia, photos, workman's tools and other novelties make up the decor of their eatery. If the main floor isn't enough of a feast for your eyes, Doyle has a special dining/conference room downstairs filled with Green Bay Packers collectibles, keepsakes & souvenirs.

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Unique Cafe
Unique Cafe
black_arrow   1100 Wisconsin Ave.
Boscobel, WI 53805
(608) 375-4465
Yelp
www.yelp.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "Wisconsin cafés serve local flavor with homemade pie" or archived (here)
book:
"Cafe Wisconsin"
by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen
Univ. of Wisconsin Press (2nd ed., 2004)
page(s) 168 – 170
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Silo Suite
at Ambrosia Inn Bed & Breakfast
location:   Hazel Green
accommodations with character

Not many B&B's offer a setting such as this one. In addition to the honeymoon-ready Gazebo and a number of other picturesque accommodations, you can spend a night in "Le Silo," an actual farm silo renovated to incorporate two rooms that includes a whirlpool in the top floor. The new owners are getting many positive reviews!
black_arrow   1910 Fairplay Street
Hazel Green, WI 53811
(608) 854-2000 or (800) 825-2050
Silo Suite
Official Site
www.ambrosiainn.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Yahoo! Travel
travel.yahoo.com
Saylorwolf's Watercolors
(artwork of silo)
art.saylorwolf.com
Chicago Tribune
article "Our Year In Travel" or archived (here)
24
Corn Maze
and
Pumpkin Trebuchet
at Vesperman Farms
location:   Lancaster
maize maze / veggie slinger

"Prepare yourself for the ultimate puzzle-solving journey of a lifetime... Vesperman Farms of Lancaster invites you, your family, and friends, to unravel the mystery of Southwest Wisconsin’s most challenging corn maze. Don’t miss the excitement of deciphering a five acre journey of twists and turns!"
– section from the official website
black_arrow   8149 Stage Rd
Lancaster, WI 53813
(608) 723-2542
Corn Maze
photo courtesy of official site
Official Site
www.vespermanfarms.com
Corn Mazes America
www.cornmazesamerica.com
“Pumpkin Trebuchet ”
video by Kyle Vesperman


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Bevans Lead Mine & Mining Museum
location:   Platteville
mine

Bevans Lead Mine & Mining Museum
Bevans Lead Mine & Mining Museum
This museum is connected to the Rollo Jamison Museum, listed above.

"A guided tour includes a walk down into the Bevans Lead, an 1845 lead mine which produced over two million pounds of lead ore in one year, a visit to a head-frame where you can see how zinc ore was hoisted from a mine and hand sorted, and a train ride around the museum grounds in ore cars pulled by a 1931 mine locomotive."
– section from Platteville Official Site
tan_arrow   405 East Main Street
Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-3301
hours:
• May thru October (daily) 9am – 5pm
• Nov thru April (self-guided galleries and office only)
(Mon - Fri) 9am – 4pm
Group tours available year round by appointment.
Official Site
www.mining.jamison.museum
Platteville Official Site
www.platteville.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Roadside America
www.roadsideamerica.com
UW - Green Bay
www.uwgb.edu
book:
"Great Little Museums of the Midwest"
by Christine Des Garennes
Trails Books (2002)
page(s) 18 – 20
buy it at Amazon.com
book:
"Wisconsin Underground"
by Doris Green
Trails Media Group, Inc. (2000)
page(s) 72 – 75
buy it at Amazon.com
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“Plattville, WI, Lead and Zinc Mine”
video by Energizer2u
2
St. John Mine
aka Snake Cave
closed
location:   Bagley
cave(s)

"The St. John Lead Mine on Main Street in Potosi was mined by Ho-Chunk and Sac Indians for hundreds of years. They used the ore to make paint. Following the Winnebago Treaty of 1827, Willis St. John claimed the cave and mined its rich lead vein. Potosi grew up around the mine, shipping lead ore and timber south on the Mississippi."
– section from Travel Wisconsin website
tan_arrow  was at: 129 S Main St.
Potosi, WI 53820
Show Caves
www.showcaves.com
book:
"Wisconsin Underground"
by Doris Green
Trails Media Group, Inc. (2000)
page(s) 77 – 81
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
3
Blue River Sand Barrens
location:   Blue River
desert

"Blue River Sand Barrens features one of the largest and best examples of this harsh and arid ecological community in Wisconsin. Sand barrens are upland communities that develop on unstable alluvial sands along rivers such as the Mississippi and Wisconsin. They are partly or perhaps wholly anthropogenic in origin, occurring on sites historically disturbed by plowing or grazing. The flat, sandy areas resemble dry prairies but contain actively moving sand dunes, and dunes stabilized by a thin forest cover of black and Hill's oak."
– section from Wisconsin DNR website
tan_arrow   From Blue River, head 2 miles east on Highway 133. Turn left on Wightman Road
Blue River Sand Barrens
photo courtesy of wackybadger on Flickr
Wisconsin DNR
dnr.wi.gov
Flickr photo by wackybadger
www.flickr.com


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1
Boscobel Hotel & Central House
ghosts
ghosts
location:  Boscobel

Unexplained events and a variety of spirits have been witnessed in this historic structure.

"Employees have told of doors opening and closing by themselves, and bottles of wine that appeared to teleport from the bottom of the basement cooler to a handy spot on the wine rack."
– section from the book "Haunted Wisconsin"

Location listed in the Roadside Attraction section above
Boscobel Hotel & Central House
 web links
Chippewa Valley Paranormal Investigators
www.chippewavpi.com
Journal Sentinel Online
article "A foreboding state" or archived (here)
 books & video
book:
"Weird Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks
Barnes & Noble Books (2005)
page(s) 236
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
book:
"Ghosts of Madison, Wisconsin"
by Sherry Strub
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd (2008)
page(s) 128 – 129
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 40 – 41
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
book:
"Spirits of the Chippewa"
by Chris Wiener & Clarence Rice & CVPI Team
CreateSpace (2012)
page(s) 83 – 85
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
2
“The Nodolf Incident”
unexplained incident
unexplained incident
location:  Platteville

During a storm in the late 1800's, two children disappeared from their bedroom only to be found outside. No logical reason was evident to explain how they were able to leave their room without using the door or windows...nor how they were able to stand out in the storm without getting wet! When questioned about their experience, both children began stuttering, a trait they carried to the end of their days.
grey_arrow   near the Platteville mound
“The Nodolf Incident”
The alleged house, still standing albeit overgrown.
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
book:
"Wisconsin Lore"
by Robert E. Gard & L.G. Sorden
Heartland Press (1962, 1987)
page(s) 37 – 40
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
book:
"Haunted Heartland"
by Beth Scott & Michael Norman
Warner Books (1985)
buy it at Amazon.com
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3
Saint Charles Cemetery
   haunted cemetery haunted cemetery
location:  Cassville

Well, I personally don't think that any amount of reported paranormal activity will ever overshadow the unfortunate incident that occurred here in late 2006. That was when three local miscreants attempted to dig up the corpse of a young woman because they found her obituary photo to be attractive. Some things are just more horrifying than ghouls and unexplained light orbs.
grey_arrow   From Highway 133 in Cassville, take Catherine Street past the intersection with E Bluff Street. This is where Catherine becomes Pennsylvania Street. Continue on until you reach the cemetery.
book:
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations"
by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
Research Publishing Co. (2004)
page(s) 66 – 67
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4
“Potosi's Brewery Ghost”
ghost
ghost
location:  Potosi

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of the dead owner of a once-defunct brewery coming back to haunt the site.

"Odd equipment failures and sour batches would occur just as new orders were to be filled. Whole railroad cars of beer barrels disappeared. Brewery workers blamed the Englishman's ghost. This drove the German crazy and he would sputter on about stupid Americans. Yet there were indications that the German believed more in ghosts then he let on."
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"

Location listed in the Roadside Attraction section above
“Potosi's Brewery Ghost”
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 54 – 56
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5
Lights in Sky (1989)
ufo
ufo
location:  Fennimore

"Twelve to fifteen lights. Several reports to Sheriff Dept. No sound."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 01-17-1989 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
6
“The Legend of Annaton”
ghost town
ghost town
location:  Livingston

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of a ghost town story with a twist.

"'She explained how, even a century ago, Annaton would temporarily disappear. She said that in the early days such experiences were viewed as insanity. Those fortunate to survive the change usually ended up in their own little room at the county farm. Those who didn't make it through the shift were stuck on the “other side.” '"
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"
grey_arrow   Annaton was located about 5 miles west of Livingston north of County Road E on Annaton Road.
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 67 – 70
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
7
Mother in Car Spots Moving Lights (2004)
ufo
ufo
location:  Platteville

"...and all of a sudden I see a yellow band of light above us off to the left. It just appears as streak moving forward and outward from us and that's it. It was gone!"
– section from UFO Wisconsin 11-28-2004 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
Pilots See Fast-Moving Light (2002)
ufo
ufo
location:  somewhere in Grant County

"The speed and the path of it's descent is not possible by any aircraft I am aware of. It had to travel 5 or 6 miles in a matter of 5 or 6 seconds. That's one mile a second."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 08-18-2002 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
9
Corn Field Crop Circle (1980)
crop circles
crop circles
location:  Boscobel

"'I've never seen red leaves on corn before,' says Leland. 'They always turn brown.' All the rest of the corn in the big field is bright green."
– section from The W-Files report
The W-Files
www.w-files.com
Lights Seen During Meteor Shower (2001)
ufo
ufo
location:  Northland

Later that night I looked straight up and I saw a flash of light this light was silent and probably very high. The flash was large but as it went away it became smaller.
– section from UFO Wisconsin 08-12-2001 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
11
“Mount Ida's Hitchhiker”
ghost
ghost
location:  Mount Ida

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of the ghost of a young man seen on Highway 18.

"Locals seldom pick him up anymore and marvel at those who do. They simply listen to the bewildered stories of strangers who stop to buy fresh produce and tell of a young man who steps out at his destination and seems to vanish."
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"
grey_arrow   From Fennimore, head west about 5½ miles on Highway 18.
Shadow State
beethoven23.tripod.com
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 62 – 64
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
12
Triangular-Shaped Craft Seen by Couple (2002)
ufo
ufo
location:  Lancaster

"It was a triangle with bright blueish white lights all around it. When I went to get my camera I fell and broke 3 toes."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 12-11-2002 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
13
Gold-Colored Object Seen by Children (1947)
ufo
ufo
location:  Lancaster  /  Potosi

"The object was larger than the full moon looks when it is on the horizon, fairly deep gold color, and moved at the speed at which you could move your head from right to left, fairly rapidly, our heads were at a 45% angle watching it."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 1947 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
14
“Spooky Pleasant Ridge”
ghost town
ghost town
location:  Lancaster

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of a 19th-century settlement made up of solely black citizens that had more than its share of ghosts.

"He explained how the murder victim ghost was connected to racist acts of vengeance stemming from interracial love affairs. He was also able to give some sparse details on the African ghosts' connection to crops and weather. And he offered lengthy accounts of the slave ghosts."
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"

Location listed in the History section below
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 64 – 67
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
15
Lights Near the Mississippi (2002)
ufo
ufo
location:  Potosi

"A little further down the road, I looked over Hog Hollow toward the river and saw five red lights shaped as an inverted V."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 10-13-2002 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
16
Castle Rock's Bohemian Ghosts
ghosts
ghosts
location:  Castle Rock

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of the ghosts that Bohemian immigrants incorporated into their lives.

"Some of these ghosts were associated with old chests brought across the ocean. Some old ladies said that they have even brought soil from the old country that had ghosts in it. This was dirt from gardens, cemeteries, and churchyards."
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"
grey_arrow   From Fennimore, head northeast on County Road Q for about 8 miles.
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 59 – 61
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
17
“Woodman's Tramp”
ghost
ghost
location:  Woodman

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of a hobo ghost that is a Good Samaritan even after his death.

"It is true that he performed other good deeds. But he also became a symbol of neighborliness. Many helpful neighbors concealed their own good deeds and credited the ghost. A hurt farmer might find his hay brought in. Or a widow might find her house painted. Good samaritans would just smile and say the ghost did it."
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 71 – 73
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
18
“The Manido of Sinsinawa Mound”
ghost
ghost
location:  Sinsinawa

In the book "Driftless Spirits," author Dennis Boyer tells of the spirit that rests inside an old Indian Mound and the meaning of its existence.

"The pipe carrier explained his interpretation of the general teachings. How the manido was seen as a spirit within a thing or of a place. It was not exactly the same as a European-American ghost. It was seldom filled with the torment of unresolved conflict."
– section from the book "Driftless Spirits"

Location listed in the History section below
book:
"Driftless Spirits"
by Dennis Boyer
Prairie Oak Press (1996)
page(s) 56 – 59
buy it at Amazon.com
buy it at Barnes & Noble.comicon
19
Hillside Miner's Ghost
ghost
ghost
location:  Potosi

2008 UPDATE: It appears that the Brunner's store is no more.

"Behind Brunners Food Center is a wooded hill side where a man was shot to death in the late 1800's. People have seen sightings of a man dressed in the style of a miner walking the hillside. These sightings all occur in the early to late evenings. The man is carrying what seems to look like a shovel or pick ax over his shoulder."
– section from The Shadowlands website
grey_arrow  (wooded hillside behind Brunner's Food Center)
101 S Main St.
Potosi, WI 53820
Hillside Miner's Ghost
The Shadowlands
www.theshadowlands.net
Unexplained Research
www.unexplainedresearch.com
20
Red Light Making Smoke (1999)
ufo
ufo
location:  Boscobel

"It made Black smoke for thirty seconds then stopped making smoke for about thirty seconds then started making smoke again."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 10-13-1999 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 lady's body with a goat's head materialized glancing across Hickory Flat around midnight. There have been additional descriptions about this spirit in the neighborhood. One thing is for guaranteed, it's a creepy ghost that you shouldn't go trying to locate."
– section from Ghosts of America website
Ghosts of America
www.ghostsofamerica.com
22
“Muscoda's Ghosts”
ghost
ghost
location:  Muscoda

In the book "Ghosts of Madison, Wisconsin," a few spooks that reside in the Muscoda area are mentioned.

"Some unusual ghosts have been seen and reported in Muscoda. One is the ghost of a man wearing an old-time sheriff's outfit at the dam. He is said to look out at the water at night."
– section from the book "Ghosts of Madison, Wisconsin"
book:
"Ghosts of Madison, Wisconsin"
by Sherry Strub
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd (2008)
page(s) 147
buy it at Amazon.com
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1
Cunningham Museum
location:   Lancaster
museum

"Each room of the two floor museum is organized with its own local history theme. The Green Room contains a pictorial history of the Green Colony, near Lancaster. The all-Black colony flourished and its school was probably the state's first integrated school. Also on display in the room is a set of freedom papers. The museum also offers a collection of sewing machines dating back to 1846 as well as a collection from the Sickel Cigar Factory located in Platteville."
– section from Portal Wisconsin website
green_arrow   129 East Maple Street
Lancaster, WI 53813
(608) 723-2820 or (608) 723-4925
hours:
call for times
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
Grant County Historical Society
grantcountyhistory.org
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
2
Boscobel Depot Museum
location:   Boscobel
museum

"The Boscobel Depot has recently been restored and will again serve the community as a very functional building with the conversion of its interior into a Turn-of-the-Century Railroad and Early Rural America walk-through museum."
– section from Portal Wisconsin website
green_arrow   800 Wisconsin Ave.
Boscobel, WI 53805
(608) 375-2672 or (608) 375-2166
hours:
(Mon - Fri) 9am – Noon & 1pm – 3pm
Boscobel Official Site
www.boscobelwisconsin.com
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
3
Grand Army of the Republic Museum
location:   Boscobel
museum

"A meeting hall for veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic was established after the Civil War and it still stands today. It is considered by experts to be the only remaining G.A.R. Hall in Wisconsin and possibly the entire Midwest. The G.A.R. Civil War Museum is filled with mementos of the Civil War era such as pictures, drums and flags."
– section from Portal Wisconsin website
green_arrow   102 Mary St.
Boscobel, WI 53805
(608) 375-5693 or (608) 742-2589
hours:
June thru August (Saturdays) Noon – 3pm or by appointment
Grand Army of the Republic Museum
Boscobel Official Site
www.boscobelwisconsin.com
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
4
Passage Thru Time Museum
location:   Potosi
museum

"Glimpse the proud and passionate past of Southwest Wisconsin during her adolescent years. Experience life in the early 19th century as you walk through time. Models, exhibits and displays containing historical views of the Potosi Brewery, early mining, agricultural achievements, and Indian arrowheads. "
– section from Potosi Tennyson Area Chamber website
green_arrow   116 North Main Street
Potosi, WI 53820
(608) 763-2745
hours:
May 15 thru October 15 (Wed - Sun) Noon – 4pm
Group tours are available.
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
Boscobel Chamber of Commerce
www.boscobelwisconsin.com
Travel Wisconsin
www.travelwisconsin.com
5
Stonefield
and
State Agricultural Museum
location:   Cassville
museum / history-themed park

Stonefield
photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society
"Nestled on the original site of the 19th-century estate built by Wisconsin's first governor, Nelson Dewey, Stonefield portrays the lives and times of rural Wisconsin farmers and villagers in 1900. The site includes an open-air museum of village life, a period farmstead, Dewey's home site and the State Agricultural Museum...."
– section from Portal Wisconsin website

"Cross a covered wooden bridge and visit a turn-of-the-century village with shopkeepers and craftsmen at work. A short walk away, in a 1900 farmhouse, savor the aroma of baked goods prepared in a wood-fired stove. Inside the State Agricultural Museum, also part of Stonefield, is a collection of rare historic farm machinery - both full size working machines and elaborate patent models that tell the story of Wisconsin Agriculture."
– section from Explore Wisconsin website
green_arrow   12195 Highway V V
Cassville, WI 53806
(608) 725-5210
hours:
• Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day (daily) 10am – 4pm
• Labor Day thru mid-October (Sat & Sun) 10am – 4pm
Official Site
stonefield.wisconsinhistory.org
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
“Stonefield - Wisconsin Historical Society”
video by WiscHistSociety
“Stonefield - Railroad Days - Wisconsin Historical Society”
video by WiscHistSociety
6
Pleasant Ridge
location:   Lancaster
historical site

"In 1850, Pioneer African-American families began arriving in this area when Charles and Caroline Shepard and Isaac and Sarah Shepard arrived from Fauquier County, Virginia. The Shepards came with William Horner, the great-nephew of their former owner, Sarah Edmonds, who had freed her former slaves in her will. Later, the Shepards purchased land from Horner at $1.50 per acre, becoming the first African-American land owners in this integrated farming community called Pleasant Ridge. The community grew to include over 50 African-Americans who were joined by German, English and Irish farmers. Together, these Pleasant Ridge farmers built a log school in 1873 and a log United Brethren Church in 1884. In 1898, the younger generation of African-Americans built a community hall where they hosted an annual community barbecue. The African-American cemetery, one mile west on Slabtown Road, is one of the few remnants of this remarkable community."
– section from historical marker
green_arrow   Pleasant Ridge was located about 4 miles west of Lancaster near Highway 35 and Slab Town Rd.

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section above
Wisconsin Historical Society
1. www.wisconsinhistory.org
2. www.wisconsinhistory.org
African Americans in Early Wisconsin
comminfo.rutgers.edu/~dalbello
Wisconsin Trails
www.wisconsintrails.com
Waymarking
www.waymarking.com
7
Sinsinawa Mound
location:   Sinsinawa
sacred site / historical site

Sinsinawa Mound
Sinsinawa Mound
outdoor labyrinth (an indoor labyrinth is available too)
photos courtesy of official site
"Established in 1847 by famed Italian missionary Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, Sinsinawa Mound is the 450-acre Motherhouse complex for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. These facilities are located on a picturesque, wooded mound in the driftless region of southwest Wisconsin, about five miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa. Recognized by the early Native Americans as a "dwelling place of the spirit," the Mound continues to be a sacred place for those who live and work there, as well as for 32,000 annual visitors. The Sinsinawa Mound Center offers programs and services in the context of prayer and study, ritual and the arts, relationships and a belief in the sacredness of all things."
– section from Portal Wisconsin website
green_arrow   From Hazel Green, head 5 miles west on Highway 11. Turn left (south) on County Road Z. Follow for about 1½ miles. Entrance to Mound Grounds is on right side of road across from intersection with Cou

Also listed in the Paranormal Sightings section above
Official Site
1. www.sinsinawa.org
2. www.sinsinawa.org
Portal Wisconsin
www.portalwisconsin.org
Wisconsin State Journal
article "At Sinsinawa Mound, sisters gather nativity scenes from across the world" or archived (here)
“Welcome To Sinsinawa Mound”
video by SinsinawaDominicans


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