La Pointe County

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County Highway H (the 'Ice Road')
location:   Bayfield  /  La Pointe, Madeline Island
frozen highway

County Highway H  (the 'Ice Road')
photo courtesy of Bayfield County
County Highway H  (the 'Ice Road')
photo courtesy of Madeline Island Ferry site
During winter months, the frozen waters of Lake Superior between the towns of Bayfield on the mainland and La Pointe on Madeline Island is plowed and used as a county roadway.

I'm sure that a few tourists must have attempted traveling this route on a summer weekend just after crawling out of the corner bar. Perhaps the "Ice Road Closed" signs should be posted on the shore during the unfrozen seasons.
 web links
Madeline Island Ferry
www.madferry.com
Apostle Islands Windsled and Aviation Museum
www.windsled.com
Roadtrip America
www.roadtripamerica.com
Bayfield County Official Site
www.bayfieldcounty.org
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
bayfield.org
Rittenhouse Inn
www.rittenhouseinn.com
 books & video
book:
"Wisconsin Curiosities"
by Michael Feldman and Diana Cook
Globe Pequot Press 
(2nd ed., 2004) page(s) 37 – 38
(3rd ed., 2009) page(s) 33 – 34
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“Driving the Madeline Island Ice Road”
video by johntubeseven
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Maggie's Legendary Eatery
pink flamingo-themed restaurant
location:   Bayfield
restaurant with character

Maggie's Legendary Eatery
photo courtesy of official site
Maggie's Legendary Eatery
photo courtesy of official site
Maggie's Legendary Eatery
The exterior is painted a shocking pink. The food is superb. The decor: pink flamingos, of course. Yes, you WILL find a flamingo or two if you look carefully enough inside Maggie's: on the walls, on the ceiling, on your table, along with enough other colorful miscellany to keep your eyes busy.
black_arrow   257 Manypenny Ave.
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 779-5641
Official Site
www.maggies-bayfield.com
Superior Trails
www.superiortrails.com
Virtual Tourist
www.virtualtourist.com
Trip Advisor
www.tripadvisor.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Road Food
www.roadfood.com


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La Pointe Ghosts
ghosts
ghosts
location:  La Pointe, Madeline Island

La Pointe Ghosts
In the book "Northern Frights" and "Haunted Wisconsin", authors Dennis Boyer and Linda Godfrey tell of several unique spirits that are seen near the Madeline Island museum and around the town itself.
book:
"Northern Frights"
by Dennis Boyer
Badger Books (2nd ed., 2005)
page(s) 36 – 41
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Michael Norman
Trails Books 
(Revised Edition, 2001) page(s) 70 – 71
Terrace Books
(3rd Ed., 2011) page(s) 79 – 80
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book:
"Haunted Wisconsin"
by Linda S. Godfrey
Stackpole Books (2010)
page(s) 16 – 18
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Bayfield UFO Sightings
ufo
ufo
location:  Bayfield

"Looking at the object through binoculars it was yellowish, roundish and had three brighter orange dots inside of it (like a three yolked egg)."
– section from UFO Wisconsin July 1978 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com
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Bayfield Ghost Walks
ghostly event
ghostly event
location:  Bayfield

Take a lantern-lit walk around Bayfield's famous haunts and spooky places. Follow Miss Maude as she describes chilling tales of specters and phantoms during one of two different ghost tours offered.
grey_arrow hours:
 held at dusk most Fridays & Saturdays from mid-May thru mid-October
Check Bayfield Heritage Tours link at right for calendar.
Reservations: (715) 779-0299
Bayfield Ghost Walks
photo courtesy of Just Say Go website
Bayfield Heritage Tours
www.bayfieldheritagetours.com
Just Say Go
www.justsaygo.com
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Travel Wisconsin
article "Take the Ghost Walk in Bayfield" or archived (here)
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'Two Bright Lights and a Swath of Light' (2001)
ufo
ufo
location:  La Pointe, Madeline Island

"As to the swath, it was three or more times longer than the space between the lights and maybe a third the lights space apart in width."
– section from UFO Wisconsin 07-22-2001 report
UFO Wisconsin
www.ufowisconsin.com


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Bayfield Historical Museum
aka Bayfield Heritage Museum
location:   Bayfield
museum

"BHA maintains a collection of artifacts and archival materials relating to the history of Bayfield and the surrounding region. The collection focuses on the general themes of settlement, agriculture, logging & lumbering, transportation and tourism."
– section from official site
green_arrow   30 N Broad St.
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 779-5958
Bayfield Heritage Association
www.bayfieldheritage.org
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce
www.bayfield.org
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Bayfield Maritime Museum
location:   Bayfield
museum

Bayfield Maritime Museum
Bayfield Maritime Museum
""Hands on demonstrations, commercial fishing, lighthouses, sailor crafts, shipwrecks and much more."
– section from Apostle Island Site
green_arrow   131 S 1st St.
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 779-3925
hours:
(Tues - Sun) 10am – 5pm
Official Site
bayfieldmaritimemuseum.org
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce
www.bayfield.org
Facebook (official)
www.facebook.com
Fox 21 News - KQDS
article "Bayfield's Maritime Museum Keeping History Alive"
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Madeline Island Historical Museum
location:   La Pointe, Madeline Island
museum

Madeline Island Historical Museum
Madeline Island Historical Museum
"The Madeline Island Museum comprises the original museum and a modern expansion. The original museum is four historic log structures that have been relocated and connected together. It includes the only remaining building of the American Fur Company complex built at La Pointe in 1835, making it the oldest structure on Madeline Island. That building is adjoined to an old barn, the former La Pointe town jail, and the Old Sailor's Home, which had been built as a memorial to a drowned sailor. In 1991 the museum expanded by adding the Capser Center and, in 1995, the connecting Walkway Gallery."
– section from Wisconsin Historical Society website
green_arrow   La Pointe, about 3 miles offshore from the city of Bayfield in Northern Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, accessible by the Madeline Island Ferry from Bayfield hours:
• Memorial Day thru July 4th (daily) 10am – 4pm
• July 5th thru August 12th (daily) 10am – 6pm
• August 13 thru October 14th (daily) 10am – 4pm
Madeline Island Official Site
www.madelineisland.com
Madeline Island Historical Museum Official Site
madelineislandmuseum.
wisconsinhistory.org

Portal Wisconsin
portalwisconsin.org
“Madeline Island Museum - A Place of Encounters”
video by WiscHistSociety
“Exploring the Fur Trade at Madeline Island Museum”
video by WiscHistSociety
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La Pointe Indian Cemetery
location:   La Pointe, Madeline Island
cemetery

La Pointe Indian Cemetery
La Pointe Indian Cemetery
Evident in this 1836 cemetery is the house-style grave cover adopted by the Indians.
green_arrow   From the ferry landing, head south on Main Street (Fort Road) for about a ½ mile. Take the first right on the south side of the marina, then take another right to the dead end. The cemetery is on the left.
Find-A-Grave
www.findagrave.com
Slowly She Turned
slowlysheturned.net
book:
"Sacred Sites of Wisconsin"
by John-Brian & Teresa Peneguy Paprock
Trails Books (2001)
page(s) 105
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The Cooperage Museum
location:   Bayfield
museum

See some barrel-making right across from the ferry landing.
green_arrow   across from the Madeline Island Ferry Landing
Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814
hours:
Memorial Day thru October (daily) 9:30am – 3:30pm
(guided tour daily at 4pm)
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Lakeview School Museum
location:   La Pointe, Madeline Island
museum

"Located 1½ blocks from the ferry landing on Madeline Island, Lake View School takes visitors back to the days of the one-room schoolhouse. Built in 1904 at the north end of the island, the building was moved to its present location and restored by the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association. It is filled with authentic furniture, equipment, educational materials and historic photographs."
– section from Explore Wisconsin website
green_arrow   100 Island Lane
La Pointe, Madeline Island 54
(715) 747-2801
hours:
June thru September. Call for hours.
Madeline Island Official Site
www.madelineisland.com
Explore Wisconsin
www.explorewisconsin.com


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