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Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota


We finally made it to the Spam Museum, the last attraction at the conclusion of our Westward Ho! vacation. We arrived at 12:18 and left at 1:30. The people at the desk greet you with a friendly “Hello” and are ready to answer any questions you might have about Hormel’s popular canned meat.

There were many visitors today, enjoying the many interactive exhibits.  Here are some highlights I filmed there.

As you can see, Spam cans take a ride above you on a conveyor belt. Someone put a camera up there so you can see what they see 🙂

Spam™ has played an important part in American history, including feeding the troops during WWII as well as people in other countries. One of them is Hawai’i, our 49th state. Spam™ is still a part of many recipes there.  An exhibit also pays homage to the famous Spam™ skit on Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  One of my favorites!

Watch it here!

A Hormel delivery wagon.

Spam™ for every meal! Get your recipe ideas here at this console.

Plenty of signage teaching visitors the history of Spam and Hormel.

Stop at the gift shop before leaving, we got a Spam™ slicer. And yes, you can buy Spam here too, many flavors. We got a couple of these too.

This museum was great fun to visit and even though we were only here just over an hour, we could have spent even more time here.  Come if you can and enjoy Spam™!



Beloit – Gateway of Wisconsin


After such a busy summer, we finally got our chance to go to Beloit.   This city’s name  was taken from a French word meaning, “handsome ground”. It was purposely made to sound like Detroit since that city then was seen as a great role model of prosperity.  Beloit is now a thriving city of nearly 34,000.

Beloit College  for higher education ranks in the top 10 for quality instructors.  One of the major industries is Hormel Foods.  Beloit’s known for the 35-ft. high Chili can best seen from I-39 South / I-90 east just south of Exit 185.

Hormel Chili Can. Photo by Scott Ramlo

Hormel Chili Can. Photo by Scott Ramlo

Beloit has a whimsical sense of humor as well. On July 1, 2006 the community got together to recreate Georges Seurat‘s painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  This is their version called “Saturday in the Park With Friends”, real neat!

Beloit is quite an artist’s city. We saw an example of that at the Wood Family Fishing Bridge by Siah Armajani.  A duplicate of a railroad car sits atop a pedestrian bridge as part of the riverwalk path along the Rock River. What a great view!  It’s accessible by parking at Riverview Park and walking the path.

Wood Family Fishing Bridge by Siah Armajani

Nearby is the historic Stone Water Tower in Water Tower Park.

Stone Water Tower in Beloit

The balance of our day was spent at Beckman Mill historic site for their Heritage Days festival.  I will tell you more about that in another post.

Beckman Mill and Covered Bridge

After a great day at the festival,  we headed to the northeast of Beloit in Shopiere to look at the historic Tiffany Bridge, still in use as a railroad bridge. It’s  on South Smith Rd.  This is the world’s only surviving 5-arch stone bridge in existence.  The view  of the bridge when you are standing near is breathtaking. Before we got to the bridge we saw the Shopiere Clock, also a war memorial.

Turtle Creek Parkway in Shopiere

Tiffany Bridge

Shopiere Clock

It’s always time for a good time in Beloit!

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