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International Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo

7-22-17 and 4-5-18

Quite an enjoyable day in Baraboo dedicated to the circus.

Nestled within The Business Center on the Square is the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center. The building is now called 102 4th Avenue Retail Center.

$8.00 Adults
$5.00 Children Under 12

Winter Hours:
From September through May we are open by appointment only.

This was the building in 2016.

The building in 2017/18.

Since we were here for the Big Top Circus Parade, learning more about the history of clowns was a great addition to the day.   We could tell by the entryway it was going to be a fun visit! Tours are conducted daily at 2 June through August.

Inside is a large room with displays dedicated to famous clown past and almost present.


The clown giving the tour was talking about the clown’s roles in history and even had some artifacts from their performance days.

Bobo‘s tiny clown car, I don’t know how he got into that!

Emmett Kelly and Lou Jacobs

Mark Anthony

One of our more recent famous clowns, Red Skelton!

There are three kinds of clowns, that we didn’t know!

Be sure to make this museum one of your stops when you visit Baraboo.

Photo-Al Kutil

Belle Fourche SD-Center of the USA!

Day 4 / April 27, 2017

After leaving Sturgis, our journey took us to Belle Fourche.

It just so happens this is the geographical center of the United States and there is a really great marker here.  It is located at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor’s Center.  The states represented are South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. There wasn’t enough time to stop in but there was plenty to see outside.

This is a lug tractor, named for the studs on the back tires.

There is also a great historical marker describing this unique spot.

There is also a bust of George Freeman Mortimer, a man who contributed a lot to the health and vitality of the citizens of South Dakota.

Belle Forche is also important geographically in another way, it was an important part of The Great Cattle Trail .  That would not have been possible without the railroad.

There is also a historic log cabin at the museum too.

Peace Flowing Like a River sculpture.

You can also take a walk on the Belle Fourche River Walk from here.

And now for the best part of the museum, the center of the country!

A fun but short visit here, about 15 minutes from 1:13 to 1:27 PM.  We continue onward toward Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.

Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society Museum


The Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society Museum is located downtown and well worth the visit if you have a few extra hours.  Read more about Crivitz history here.  Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted.

Crivitz Historical Society Museum description

Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society Museum

We began our tour in the main building above, SO many displays!  Al and Ellie Karman so generously donated the land for the museum, thank you!

Al and Ellie Karman Land benefactors for Crivitz museum

Judge F. Bartels names Crivitz after Crivitz, Germany.

Judge F. Bartels-Crivitz namer

A view at the entrance.

Panorama of Crivitz museum

Here are some of the many displays.

Some milk bottles when Crivitz used to bottle milk.

Crivitz Hillside Milk

Living Room display in early 1900’s. Notice large radio on the right.

Living Room display at Crivitz Museum

Schoolroom display

Schoolroom display at Crivitz Museum

Vintage women’s fashions

Womens fashion display at Crivitz museum

Kitchen and dining room

Kitchen and Dining Room display in Crivitz

The village Piggly Wiggly has provided food for the Crivitz area for over a century! Below is the store now. Owned by the Witt family still, going into the 4th generation.

Piggly Wiggly 100+ Years in Crivitz

Piggly Wiggly and Subway in Crivitz

There are two other buildings here, a docent will take you out to them and describe their history.  This is the logging cabin, here you learn about the importance of the lumber industry here in the Crivitz area.  It still is, as we saw rail cars loaded with logs downtown.

Logging Museum building in Crivitz

Railroad Cars with wood in Crivitz

Logging camp in Crivitz

Peshitigo Logging Cabin at Crivitz

A highly detailed display of a logging camp. The one that was in Iron Mountain, MI is shown here. Here is some information about the model.

Logging Camp info

The last building is lovingly called “Honeymoon Cabin”.

Honeymoon Cabin in Crivitz

Honeymoon Cabin in Memory of Doris Allen

 I had never heard of that term before. It is from the former Ahle’s Resort on Lake Noquebay and when it closed, it was moved here and still being restored. Read more about its history here.  Here is where the resort once was, on the western side of the lake.

Ahle's Resort location on Lake Noquebay

This is a photo from the resort, you can see this cabin in the middle of the photo between two trees.

Ahle's Resort photo Honeymoon Cabin in middle

Other views inside cabin.

Inside Honeymoon Cabin in Crivitz

This concludes our visit to the Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society Museum.  We had a good time and our hosts were wonderful!