Tag Archives: Wisconsin

Murals of a special kind: Ashland, WI

We started wandering the country with an RV in 2000 and are still going as much as possible although we now stay in motels.  In those earlier days, it was fun to occasionally encounter a mural on some building.  It … Continue reading

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Apostle Islands National Seashore, Wisconsin

We visited Isle Royale National Park on the northern shore of Lake Superior in 2014.  This year, we headed for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the southern shore. There are twenty-two islands.  The Ojibwe First Americans hunted and fished the … Continue reading

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An amazing model train, Baraboo, WI: Circus World Part 3

Joseph J. Kaspar, an Emmy-winning NBC television engineer, spent years researching the 1947 Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus train.  He collected 1105 photographs.  Remarkably, he also obtained the original conductor’s notebook listing all the cars and what they … Continue reading

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Circus World: Part 2, The Wagons

Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin has over 200 Circus Wagons, the largest collection of this type in the world.  They are from many circuses including but not limited to the Cole Bros., Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, and the … Continue reading

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Visiting the circus [Circus World, Part I]

Before video games, before the Internet, before TV and radio, and even before Hollywood, there was the circus. Initially circuses had a reputation for fraud and crime.  But five of the surviving six sons of Wisconsin immigrant Augustus Ringling, were … Continue reading

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A ride back in time at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Scenery in the Wisconsin Dells did for the town what Dolly Parton did for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Both towns grew up kitschy, tacky, wonderful for kids and fun.  The Dells, however, are just beautiful and worth a visit by anyone.  … Continue reading

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The creek rises: North Freedom, Wisconsin.

An American phrase dating to the 18th century says “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” meaning the person will do something unless extreme circumstances prevent it.  Growing up, I thought “Creek don’t rise” meant flooding, but later learned it … Continue reading

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