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Village of Sturtevant-On the Move


 

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12-5-16

 

Sturtevant is a village of 6,970 and is a suburb of Racine, which we visited in 2015.  This community is right on the Amtrak train route which makes it easy to get to if traveling here that way.  The traffic is frequent as well, this video shows two trains within 5 minutes of each other.

Before we arrived in Sturtevant, we went to the community of Caledonia first. The reason for that was the original depot was moved there to Linwood Park, a historical building complex. Find it at 7430 5 Mile Road, Franksville, WI 53126. They are maintained by the Caledonia Historical Society.  Hopefully we can visit sometime when they are open.

Old Sturtevant Depot in Caledonia

The new Sturtevant Station is beautiful and incorporates some elements of this design, just larger. It was dedicated on August 1, 2006.

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The pedestrian overpass makes it easy to cross to the other side of the track to catch a train on the opposite side.  We were in town to see the Canada Pacific Holiday Train which was a lot of fun!

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Other points of interest in Sturtevant, the historic Klinkert Hotel building, now privately owned.  A video about it was produced by Thom Peterson.

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Across the street from the Klinkert is the Caboose Railroad Museum. On the site is a sign explaining the railroad’s role in more detail.

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Caboose at museum in Sturtevant

Rail cars at Sturtevant

We enjoyed dinner at the Castlewood Restaurant next to this display, great food there! Open since July 2o, 1989, it is a mainstay here for a satisfying meal.

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Even though our visit here was short, it was quite enjoyable with the holiday train’s visit as the centerpiece.

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Shawano – City on The Wolf River


9-30/10-1-2016

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Enjoy the ride to Shawano, plenty to see on the way!

Shawano  is located in Shawano County, Barn Quilt Capitol of Wisconsin.  The city has a population of 9,305 and has plenty to offer.

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Hwy. 22, close to the barn sign above.   Read the visitor guide here and/or have them send you one before you come to visit!  We got a lot of great info here.  The goldfish in the tank at the Chamber has a story of his own. It was originally put into the tank as food but it decided it wasn’t going to be food. Cute fish, also quite large at about 3 inches long!

Shawano Chamber of Commerce

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Since it is hard to see all the barn quilts in one trip,  we picked up the book “The Barn Quilts of Shawano County Wisconsin”. It costs $15 and a great memento of our visit.  Buy the book here. Learn more about the Barn Quilt Project.

The Barn Quilts of Shawano County, Wisconsin

Even more behind the scenes story here.

Our first meal in town was lunch at The Launching Pad Bar and Grill, a casual restaurant across from the municipal airport (see video).

The Launching Pad Bar and Grill in Shawano

Downtown Shawano

Downtown Shawano

The Shawano Post Office has a mural inside, painted by Eugene Higgins.

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A city clock too!

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 Winters can get cold in Shawano.  It’s no surprise the famous Stormy Kromer™ winter hat is sold  here.  Buy one at Town and Country Cleaners. They are made in Milwaukee.

Stormy Kromer Mercantile in Shawano

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 We also noticed that fudge is popular here, just like on Mackinac island.  We got some at Old Glory Candy just off Main St. Lots of old-fashioned favorites here, friendly staff too!

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Visit the Veteran’s Memorial on the Courthouse grounds.

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 Shawano has some beautiful parks to visit as well.  Launch your boat or fish at Huckleberry Harbor, on the banks of the Wolf River.  See this and other parks on this map you can print.  There is a windmill there too. It was repainted in 2015, great job!

Huckleberry Harbor in Shawano

 Windmill in ShawanoSpirit of Shawano Park at the intersection of Main and Green Bay Street greet people with metal sculptures representing various industry in the area.

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Another great place is Sturgeon Park. This is the epicenter of Sturgeon spawing in Shawano.  They usually spawn in May.

Record-size Sturgeon have been caught here.  This Stella, caught in 2012.

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 The water pouring over the dam, intensified by frequent rains.

On Sundays there is also a great Farmers Market here, we stopped by and found a great variety of items for sale. It’s at Franklin Park.

Shawano Farmers Market sign

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The market’s first year was 2007 and has been a great success in the community. Learn more about it below.

We took a stroll through the market too, take a look!

Pay a visit to Heritage Park and Sunset Island too. It was not open since the season had ended, but you could still walk the grounds.  The Shawano County Historical Society produced a video of the historical village.  Hopefully we can make it back in 2017 and be here when it’s open!

Heritage Park sign in Shawano

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Bridge at Heritage Park in Shawano

We may have been too late to explore this place in further detail, but we were right on time for the Shawano Octoberfest.  Lots of music and fall crafts to be had here!

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Shawano is also home to Sundrop™ soft drink, we also enjoyed a self-guided tour at Sundrop University™, the factory in town.  This vending  machine is downtown if you need your Sundrop fix!

Sundrop vending machine

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We enjoyed dinner about 15 miles north on the Menominee Indian Reservation at the War Bonnet Bar and Grill, they serve Indian Tacos on authentic fry bread, delicious!

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A great place to stay if you plan on spending the night here is the Super 8.  Comfortable room and great free breakfast!

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We had a lot of fun here and plan on returning in 2017.

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Stoughton Coffee Break Festival in Stoughton


8-20-16   Third Saturday in August

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This was our first Coffee Break Festival in Stoughton in Mandt Park.  This community believes themselves to be the originator of the coffee break, and they celebrate that every year in August.

The show also has a car and motorcycle show, also some tractors.  Despite to cool, rainy weather, 80 cars were still entered.

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Motorcycles at Stoughton Coffee Break festival

Enjoy some highlights of the festival!

This year coffee from 6 roasters were available for tasting.  Purchase a mug to sample your coffee, $6 for this blue mug sponsored by Conant Automotive. Or $15 for a fancy hand-painted mug with a rosemaling design.

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Stoughton Coffee Break Festival mug 2013

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We of course have enjoyed Berres Brothers and Door County Coffee and Tea, but have not had the other ones until today.

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Berres Brother Coffee in Watertown

Door County Coffee and Tea

Door County Coffee and Tea

Links to:

Back to the Bean

Malabar Coast Coffee

Farmer Brothers

True Coffee

It was difficult to choose, but we did!  Malabar was the big winner!  See all the winners below.

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Learn more about this festival and many more at the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.  We have fun every time we visit this Norwegian community. Uff da!

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