Talking Turkey in Boscobel

12-18-13

Boscobel sign

Its also Wisconsin’s Outdoor Recreation Destination too!

Boscobel is located in Grant County, not far from Muscoda.  This area was first discovered by French explorers  Louis Joliet and Jacque Marquette in 1673.  “Bosq” in French means “wood” and”belle” means “beautiful”.  Read about the community history here, as well as Grant County.  Today its a thriving community of 3000 ready to welcome visitors (including us) and new residents alike.

Turkey hunting takes place often several times a year. Contact the DNR for turkey season and licensing.   Boscobel has many places for lodging, including the Sands Motel.

Sands Motel

Our day began there by crossing the Blaine Bridge over the Wisconsin River on Highway 61.

Blaine Bridge in Boscobel, WI

Boscobel has many historic buildings and monuments.  The first one we saw was The Rock School,  a century-old school still in use today.

The Rock School in Boscobel WI

Next we saw the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (G.A.R.), possibly the only remaining standing G.A.R. Hall in Wisconsin, or even the Midwest. It was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places on 12-27-07.  Members sponsor Muskets and Memories every August, one of the largest Civil War reenactment events in the Midwest.  They also have artifacts inside to see when open.

G.A.R. Hall in Boscobel

In nearby Memorial Park stands a Monument dedicated to Civil War Soldiers.

Civil war Monument in Boscobel

Before exploring the rest of town, we had lunch at the Unique Cafe.

Unique Cafe in Boscobel

Unique Cafe inside

Original owners of the cafe opened in 1932 and has been owned by Doyle and Nancy Lewis since 1983.  They are the nicest people and will serve you a great breakfast or lunch.  Pies are their specialty, and we had a piece of French Silk pie, yum!

French Silk Pie

Doyle proudly showed us the Packer Room downstairs and posed for a picture with us.

Doyle Lewis and us at Unique Cafe

Call them at 608-375-4465 if you want to reserve the room for your party.

Lunch done, we continued to explore their main street, Wisconsin Avenue.

Downtown Boscobel

We stopped at the historic Boscobel Hotel, also known as the Central house. This hotel is where two guests that stayed here originated the Gideon Bible. The current owners of the hotel is Charles Griesel and his wife, Dr. Jean, purchased in 2009.  Their son Jim took us up to the Gideon Room, #19 on the 2nd floor.  Thanks Jim!  Call 608-375-4714 to schedule a tour.  Currently the hotel is only a bar and restaurant, but is being renovated to be a future bed and breakfast with possibly 8 rooms available. Their  goal is to be ready by 2015. 

Central House in Boscobel

Room 19 in Central House

Gideon Room #19

Before saying goodbye to Jim, he showed us a picture of his great-great-great uncle, who built the hotel in 1865.

Jim Griesel's 3x uncle

Get a bakery treat at Violet Dreams Bakery.

Violet Dreams Bakery

The historic Boscobel Depot Museum  is on 800 Wisconsin Ave.  The track next to it is still in use, but only for freight trains since 1960. IMG_8762

Behind the depot is Depot Park, where a tank is on display.

Army TankM60 A3 Tank stats

Also on Wisconsin Ave is  the former Sylvester Grist Mill (1866),  now Wisconsin River Outings.

Wisconsin River Outings

Boscobel has a strong scouting tradition that goes back over a century.  In 1913 the Boy Scout Cabin was constructed to give scouts a central location to meet and recreate.

Boy Scout Cabin in Boscobel

You can’t leave Boscobel without a picture with their large wild turkey on 1200 Elm St.  The turkey is a staple of town parades.

Boscobel Turkey mascot

Special thanks to The Boscobel Dial  newspaper company for use of a copy the book, “Boscobel-River and Rails”  book by Agatha Bender.  You can buy it at the Depot Museum for $25.

Boscobel Dial NewspaperBoscobel-River and Rails book

We give a thumbs up to the friendly people of  Boscobel.  They invite you to come visit and talk turkey with them too.

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