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Aladdin, Wyoming-A Coal Mining History and Custer


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Aladdin, Wyoming has only 15 residents currently,  up to 500 when coal mining was done here. It has a charming General Store.  This tiny town is also for sale for $1,500,000. We stopped by the store, it attracts people from all over.

We also paid a visit to the nearby Coal Tipple. a structure built to assist in the mining.  It was built in the late 1800’s. After parking in the lot, we walked up the path leading to the top.

Plaque near entrance.

The tipple is on your left. We could hear some people talking at the top and we went up to investigate.

Almost to the top. This is where the fan housing was,this is on our left.

It turns out we happened upon a meeting by the Crook County Historical Society.  We met local historian and author Pam Thompson, also Treasurer Rodney R. Knudson and a couple of engineers.

The were discussing whether the tipple should be restored or torn down.  It was becoming unstable and if anyone tried to climb it, it could cause injury.  The fence around it is easily scalable by someone who wanted to get in. They were happy to talk to us fellow history fans from two states away and I recorded a message they had to our readers.

Pam wrote two books on the area,

Around Aladdin

 Sundance   co-author Rocky Courchaine.

It was a pleasure meeting all of them and we hope the coal tipple can be saved. The view at the top was great!

Behind us was a coal car and Hoist House building.

Other signs there.

 

Not far from here is the spot where the Custer Expedition was. We went to see the marker.

The picture in the sign.

Our visit to Aladdin was short but very educational.  Well worth the stop if you are in the area.

 

Village of Sturtevant-On the Move


 

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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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Sundrop University- Home of Sundrop Soda


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No visit to Shawano is complete without a visit to Sundrop University, home of Twig’s beverage and Sundrop Citrus Soda.  Not only can you buy the soda right here (as well as in grocery stores), you can tour their museum.  It looks bigger on the inside than the outside. Give yourself at least 2 hours to explore.

Inside the lobby when you walk in the museum begins. There is so much to see here.

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There is also a small movie theater that shows the history of Sundrop and Trig’s. Very interesting. We recorded it to show it to you.

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A peek inside the warehouse, you can’t go in.

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There is so much to see here, so many artifacts of Trig’s are preserved and in fine condition.

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Belly up to the “bar” for some Sundrop flavor samples, yum!

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Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop, bring home a great memento of your visit!  I picked up a beautiful mug by Sunset Hill Stoneware, great for drinking your Sundrop soda in!

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A must-see in Shawano, Sundrop is a fun place to visit!

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