Wautoma is a community of 2,200 and is the county seat of Waushara County. Most county seats have an impressive courthouse and this one did.
Next door was the Waushara County Historical Museum. They were not open that day, maybe next time.
We saw evidence of their slogan right away, their sign is located on the grounds of the Waushara Country Club, many golfers were out that morning.
Wautoma also has a great resort and supper club on the shores of Silver Lake called The Silvercryst. They have served the Wautoma area since 1894, William Walker was the founder. Read the history here. Greet their mascot Boris the steer as you pull into the parking lot. We ate there once in 2005, our last visit to the area. We hope to enjoy another meal there Labor Day 2016.
Spectator sports are also popular, the community supports the Wautoma Hornets. The logo is even featured on their water tower.
Wautoma even has it’s own radio station, WAUH, The Bug (VW).
This side of town also has a great ice cream place called Milty Wilty Drive-In. It goes back to 1947.
Also Piggly Wiggly, StoneRidge Meats and Kwik Trip. Looks like Boris from Silvercryst has a brother up there! His name is Sir Sirloin. Back before StoneRidge opened in 2002, they held a contest to name their mascot and this name was the winner.
Wautoma also has a historic downtown, this used to be the Mercantile building.
Quite a mix of businesses on Main St. Kaydee Music Center sells instruments. Here is some more about it in this short video.
This Spanish-style building really stands out, it’s Mueller and Mueller Accounting. A couple of doors down is Grimm’s Sport Bar and Grill.
Across the street near the dam is Joe’s Premium Pizza.
We noticed this tall structure and went around the corner for a closer look. It turns out this used to be a hose tower to hang fire hoses to dry. Thanks StoneRidge Meats staff for helping me figure out this one too! It turns out Greendale has one too, forgot about that! The design was different and all brick with some windows.
Greendale hose tower.
We also paid a visit to the Waushara WWII Veterans Memorial and read the marker describing early Wautoma.
And here is the dam as it looks presently.
On the other side of the dam across the street is Wautoma Wetlands Park.
We enjoyed our visit today, next time we hope to see the museum.