Hazel Green- Point of the Beginning

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Hazel Green sign

Hazel Green is a village of 1,256 in Grant and Lafayette counties that is important to Wisconsin’s development as a state. Formerly called Hard Scrabble, Hazel Green has a rich history described here. It is the oldest community in Wisconsin, settlement began in 1825.  The community was one of the many with residents engaged in zinc and lead mining.  It was also along the stagecoach route leading to the Mississippi River. It is close to Dubuque and the Great River Road and the many communities and attractions along it.

We learned more at the historical marker at the southern edge of town, within sight of the Illinois border.  There were also two signs describing the former mining industry here.

Point of Beginning marker and signs in Hazel Green

The Point of the Beginning Marker in Hazel Green

Public Land Survey sign in Hazel Green

Lead Fever Sign in Hazel Green

Hazel Green has several unique businesses, especially this cute vintage gas station at Symon’s Service Center. It wasn’t open but it appears to be a display and not functional.

Symon's Auto Center in Hazel Green

The Ambrosia Inn has a “Silo Suite”, a converted silo you can stay in.

Ambrosia Inn in Hazel Green

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Downtown Hazel Green is currently torn up on half of Main St. so pardon the dust 🙂  On the still paved part are several businesses.

20th Main Hair Studio, Gangster’s Bar and Grill-Home of the Gangster Burger, and Wigwam Bar.

2oth and Main Hair Studio- Gangsters Bar and Grill and Wigwam in Hazel Green

We did have lunch at Gangsters and the their Gangster Burger was indeed delicious! Al and I split it it was that big. We even enjoyed strawberry shortcake!  To them, good food is just as important as good service. Very friendly staff too, be sure to stop in if you are in town.

Gangsters Bar and Grill Collage

The other half of Main St.

Main Street in Hazel Green

The Wisconsin House Stagecoach Inn, serving the community since the 1800’s.

Wisconsin House in Hazel Green

Across the street is the Empire House, now an apartment building.  In the community’s early days, it served as a Town Hall, where the first town meeting has held.

The Empire House in Hazel Green

Our main reason for coming here today was to go to the Hazel Green Opera House, where the Fever River Puppeteers were to put on a performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”.  They put on performances generally from March-December here and in Benton, their home base.  We had a great time, even without our own children to share it with.

Hazel Green Opera House

Opera House Stage from balcony

Jack and the Beanstalk Cast of Puppets

Our visit concluded, we headed out of town toward Potosi. We also saw some metal sculptures of dinosaurs and a flying saucer in a farmer’s field. You can’t go over the fence but you can take pictures from behind it.

Metal Sculptures in Hazel Green

Flying Saucer in Hazel Green

Fly into Hazel Green for a good time in a friendly community, and be sure to eat a Gangster burger too!

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