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Cross Plains – Famous for Friendliness


2-16-15

Cross Plains Sign

 

Cross Plains is a community of 3500 in Dane County, incorporated in 1920. It is also known as the “Gateway to the Driftless Area” of Wisconsin. It was named by one of the early settlers named Berry Haney.  He was from Cross Plains, Tennessee and named the community after his hometown. On the east edge of town is a marker honoring Haney and his business, Haney Tavern.

Haney's Tavern Marker in Cross Plains

We began our tour with breakfast at the Cross Plains Family Restaurant.  Friendliness and good food is the cornerstone of this great restaurant, open in June 2014.  Stop by for a great meal if you are visiting the area! The restaurant is in Glacier’s Edge Square Shopping Center on the eastern edge of town. Piggly Wiggly is the anchor business here.

 

Cross Plains Family Restaurant

 

Glacier's Edge Shopping Center

After breakfast we took a look at the Cross Plains Historical Society Museum building, the former St. Martin church. We will have to come back when it is open. It is just behind the shopping center.

Cross Plains Historical SocietyCross Plains Historical Museum hours

 We continue down Main St. and see many thriving businesses and historic buildings. On our left is the Crossroads Coffee House, waking up Cross Plains since 2007.

Cross Plains Downtown

Kurt’s on Main bar and volleyball in the summer. Also True Value.

Kurt's in Cross Plains

Just off of Main is the American Legion -Post 245  and a Veteran’s Memorial. I went to a wedding reception there in 1998.

Cross Plains American Legion and Vets Memorial

 

Back on Main is one of the oldest buildings in the town, a former general store called the Plain Good building.

The Plain Good Building in Cross Plains

 

Plain Good Building plaque in Cross Plains

 

Another historic building across from the Plain Good building. We do not yet know of its history.

Historic building in Cross Plains

 Further down the street is Jodie’s Bar and Grill.

Jodie's Bar and Grill in Cross Plains

 Get your dog groomed at Salon Fido.

Salon Fido in Cross Plains

 Enjoy some bowling at Main Street Lanes.

Main Street Lanes

 Behind Main St. flows the Black Earth Creek with a bridge going across and a recreational path.

Black Earth Creek and bridge in Cross Plains

And here is one of the town’s favorite places to eat, Coach’s Club.  We will eat there the next time we visit.

Coach's Club in Cross Plains

Now we reach the end of Main St. before leaving town.  Before we do, there are some other places to see first.

Main Street end in Cross Plains

 We saw a couple other historic buildings. We don’t know the history of this one yet.

Cross Plains historic house

 

The Old Stone Dental Building is quite beautiful. It was constructed in 1849 by Peter Hill. It has been many things over time, but became a dental office by 2002.

Old Stone Dental Building in Cross Plains

 Visit the Cross Plains Brewery also.  A proud history going back to  1852. Read this recent article about the brewer. Get Esser’s Best beer here.

Cross Plains Brewery

When the Historical Society Museum isn’t open, you can learn more about Cross Plains at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library.  It also holds the distinction of being the first “green” library in Wisconsin. They always have something going on there, check their website for the latest events!

Rosemary Garfoot Library collage in Cross Plains

Cross Plains also has a supper club called The Hilltop at 4173 County Rd. P. They have been there over 40 years! A great place to celebrate a special event or Wednesday AND Friday Fish Fry! They came under new ownership in January of 2016, Steve and Vanessa took over from Jerry and Mary Thompson to keep this Cross Plains institution open. They opened and owned the restaurant in 1976, 40 years. The new owners changed the name from The Hilltop Inn to just The Hilltop because the original name made people think they also offered lodging which they do not. They look forward to serving you beginning March 16, 2016. They are a supper club, open 4-9 PM.

The Hilltop Inn in Cross Plains

 We had a great visit to Cross Plains and hope to make it to one of their many festivals this year.

 

 

Historic Downtown Dubuque


August 4 & 5, 2014

Downtown Dubuque is a study of 19th century architecture with most of the beautiful buildings still in use.  We will explore some of Dubuque’s landmarks that were quite interesting to see.

The Hancock House Bed and Breakfast, a Queen Anne-style home.

Hancock House Bed and Breakfast

 

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Carnegie Stout Public Library in Dubuque

The Courthouse and Old Jail, the first in Dubuque, now a museum.

Dubuque Courthouse

Dubuque Old Jail

 

The beautiful Town Clock in Town Clock Plaza, restored in 1971.
Dubuque Town ClockTown Clock plaque

The red Grand Opera House,  providing entertainment for the Dubuque area since 1890.

Grand Opera House in Dubuque

 

Cable Car Square has many places to shop or relax with a cup of coffee. The Fenelon Place Elevator is also located here in this part of downtown.

Cable Car Square selfieFenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque

Redstone Inn and Suites

Redstone Inn and Suites Dubuque

 

Monks Kaffee Pub

Monks Kaffee Pub

 

 

 City Hall

 Dubuque City Hall

Edward Langworthy Octagon House

 

 

 

Langworthy Octagon House

We saw this building just before leaving town, the former H & W  Brewery. It is an impressive building not in use at this time. Hopefully, someone will step in and restore it.

H & W Brewery

 

We had a great tour of historic Dubuque and know there is more yet to discover in the future.

 

Hillsboro – Czech Capitol of Wisconsin


6-15-14 and future visits

“Vitame Vas”  We Welcome You to Hillsboro

Hillsboro signCzech Capitol crest

Hillsboro is a secluded community of just under 1500 in Vernon County, about 90 minutes north of Madison. It is located in the Driftless Area, meaning the glacier missed this area. The town is in what is known as the Cheyenne Valley, a place rich in history.  The Czech immigrants descendants take great pride in their heritage. On the 2nd weekend in June they put on the Cesky Den Festival, complete with Czech food, music and other traditions.  We came to attend this festival and see their historical museum, open Sundays from 1-3 from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.  Upon entering town we saw Hillsboro Riverview Dairy and The Natural Choice Cheese Store.

Hillsboro Riverview Dairy in Hillsboro

Cheese Store sign Hillsboro

Cheese House in Hillsboro

On our right is the historic Municipal building.

Hillsboro Municipal Building

Let’s explore downtown on Water Ave, their main street.

Hillsboro downtown

One of the first things we saw was a display of local art, depicting Hillsboro’s countryside.

Hillsboro Art

Hillsboro art

 

Quite a few businesses downtown, a Ben Franklin. Also Hillsboro Floral, and Barbie’s Kitchen.

Hillsboro FloralBarbie's Kitchen in Hillsboro, WI

Also Hillsboro Brewing Company, open since 2012.

Hillsboro Brewing Company

Hillsboro is a very patriotic community and honors its veterans with a memorial at Memorial Lake at the edge of town.

Field Vets Memorial Lake plaque in Hillsboro

Hillsboro Vets Memorial

 

Mt. Vernon Cemetery has a Civil War Memorial.

Civil War Memorial in Hillsboro

 

A famous Navy Admiral was also born here.

Hillsboro Navy Admiral

Hillsboro also has a proud history of standing up for civil rights. Just across the street from the memorial is a historic marker showing this area also had a settlement of African-Americans in Heritage Park. This area’s isolation allowed them to prosper without fear of persecution.

Cheyenne Settler's Heritage Park

African-American Settlers of Hillsboro

 

 There is a Cheyenne Valley Heritage Road Tour available if time allows.   We did happen upon a round barn on the way home though. Here is the map of the self-guided tour that you can do. Cheyenne Valley Heritage Road Tour-Hillsboro

Round Barn

We sure had a great day in Hillsboro. The Cesky Den Festival and Museum were wonderful too!