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Rhinelander- Home of the Hodag


July 6 to 8, 2015

Rhinelander sign WMRhinelander Water Tower

Rhinelander is a city of almost 8,000 in Oneida Co. It’s also the county seat.  We have been wanting to come here for a long time, this gateway to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  We also wanted to see the mythical creature, the Hodag.  It was “discovered” by Eugene Shepard in autumn of 1893. This is the famous picture that he used to prove it was real.  He showed the hodag at the first Oneida County fair in a dimly lit tent.  People were skeptical about this creature, but believed it just enough to run out of the tent screaming when Eugene made it move, marionette-style. The hodag is still part of Rhinelander mythos today, now turned from a scary monster to a cute mascot for the community.

hodag_capture in Rhinelander

The first place one should stop is the Chamber of Commerce, where you can take your picture with the Hodag and pick up area information. It is at 450 Kemp St. We did just that! Don’t worry, this one is tame and LOVES posing for pictures 🙂  There are many more scattered throughout town, we saw as many as we could. This is a sample, we counted about 20 but probably missed some. You can get Hodag souvenirs here too.

Hodag and us 1500x WM logo

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop

Hodags downtown, such works of art!

Hodag Collage

This video is a good summary of Hodag lore.

Lets take a look at the historic downtown, it was filled with many beautiful buildings.

Historic Downtown Rhinelander sign

City Hall-1908/9

Rhinelander City Hall WM

 District Library-1898  This is an Andrew Carnegie library.

Rhinelander Library WM

The Merchants and Trust Building, the library was in a room there before the current building was built.

Merchants Trust Bank Building in Rhinelander WM

My favorite building is the Courthouse, beautiful day or night! This is the view shortly after sunrise, then 2 AM on July 8. The night is short there this time of year. The dome is Tiffany glass, VERY unusual. It glows green at night.

Rhinelander Courthouse day WM

Closeup of the glass panels within each square that makes up the dome.

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And at night, my favorite!

Rhinelander Courthouse night WM

There are also historical markers on site.

First Rural Zoning Ordinance Marker In Rhinelander WM

Onieda County Pioneers marker in Rhinelander WM

This sounds strange, but we often make a cemetery one of our stops. We stopped at Forest Home Cemetery to see the sites of two notable people buried here. This cemetery is large and it was a challenge finding them.  The hardest one was Eugene Shepard,  the man who “found” the first Hodag in fall of 1893. For someone who is largely responsible for Rhinelander’s identity, his gravesite is very humble. Here it is, plus it’s coordinates.

Eugene S. Shepard Gravesite in Rhinelander

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The other gravesite is John W. Heisman, founder of the Heisman Trophy. His is even more humble, it’s a flat marker. This is how we found it. Look for the Donaldson large monument, it is in front of that.Donaldson monument at Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander

John Heissman grave and trophy in Rhinelander

N45º 37.867′   W089º 23.973

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We also saw a Packer house on 224 Sutliff Ave.

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Rhinelander also has two museums. The Rhinelander Historical Society Museum on 9 South Pelham St. was not open, despite the sign saying it was open when we arrived at 2 PM on a Tuesday.

Rhinelander Historical Society Museum WM

We were fortunate however to see the Rhinelander Logging Museum.  It is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  the museum is located at 135 South Stevens Street at Pioneer Park. See next post to read about our experience there 🙂

Pioneer Park Historical Complex in Rhinelander WM

We also had a great visit at Hodag Park, on the shores of Boom Lake. Here you will find the Hodag historical marker and several shelters and playground. There are also Hodag Water Shows in the summer.

Hodag Marker in Rhinelander

Hodag Park collage in Rhinelander

Rhinelander has many restaurants. We ate at two of them. We had a dinner and breakfast at the Friendship House on 2260 Lincoln St . They open early which was great for our busy day of exploring.  We were treated like regulars, the staff takes great pride in their work.  Our coffee cup never had the chance to get empty. Chris told us proudly he made the pies, you know we had to have a piece! Al and I shared a piece of Strawberry Cream. Selection changes daily.

Friendship House in Rhinelander

Friendship House Strawberry pie in Rhinelander

The other place is where “Around the Corner With John McGivern” visited, Joe’s Pasty Shop. We wanted a simple meal after spending Tuesday exploring all over town. The have four flavors ready-to-eat and many more you can bring home frozen ones to cook later.  Delicious! View John’s entire visit to Rhinelander last summer.

John McGivern pic at Joe's Pasty Shop

Joe's Pasty Shop in Rhinelasner

Joe's Pasty Shop Menu in Rhinelander

Joe's Pasty Shop Collagein Rhinelander

We stayed two nights at the Days Inn downtown, only a block from the courthouse which made my night photo of it a short walk away. The only drawback is there is not a free continental breakfast. It was a good excuse to go back to the Friendship House after a fine dinner there the night before.

Days Inn in Rhinelander

We didn’t get the chance to go to this, but the Hodag Country Festival held every July is probably their biggest event of the year.  In 2015 it was July 9-12. The local radio station Hodag Country 97.3 FM WHDG is your official source of information and even a webcam of the festival. They stream so you can listen anywhere, download their app too for your mobile device.  Their sister station is Hodag Legends 101.3 FM or 1240 AM WOBT.  Rhinelander’s Public Radio station is WXPR 91.7 FM.

WXPR 91.7 FM in Rhinelander

On our way out-of-town as we headed to Lac du Flambeau on July 8, we saw a caboose on the outskirts of town outside of Evergreen Acres. On our right as we headed north.

                N45º 41.535    W089º 30.457

Soo Caboose in Town of Newbold in Rhinelander

Thanks for the great time Rhinelander, we enjoyed our visit!

Keep Calm and Love Hodag selfie

Mineral Point – Clay in May


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Mineral Point signMineral Point Water tower

It has been almost a year since our last trip to Mineral Point, and it was time to go back!  On our last visit we took a tour of historic Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley, very exciting! This time,  we returned downtown to see what we missed.

This weekend was their first festival of the season, their big “Clay in May” event.  This festival focuses on the many pottery artists in town, it was the 5th year.  The artists give visitors a tour of their studios, behind the showroom we see in the front of the store.  Four businesses took part in this event:

1. Brewery Pottery

2. The Mulberry Pottery

3. Windy Ridge Pottery

4. Howdle Studio – Bruce Howdle

Roland Sardeson – Pottery and mason, Shake Rag Alley artist.

Howdle Studios

We took the tour of Howdle studio, what beautiful work!  Bruce Howdle was happy to show us his latest creations, including works in progress.  Private customers can even commission from him custom pieces of art.

Howdle Studio insideBruce Howdle and us

In the back room of his studio his artist friend Roland Sardeson was making beautiful works of art on his potter’s wheel as we watched. On a couple of tables he had small pieces for sale too,  I got a tea-cup.  His artist skills cover a wide scope of categories.  He has even built this Free Little Library, beautiful!

Roland Sardeson pottery

Roland Sardeson

Roland Sardeson Little Library

We had lunch at the Red Rooster Cafe again, we loved it the first time we went last June.   This time we saved room for their famous Figgy-Hobbin dessert,  brought by the Cornwall miners a long time ago.  Yum!

Red Rooster Collage

Our visit included seeing other historic buildings we missed the last time.

The Walker House

The Walker House

The Mineral Point Railroad Depot Museum  Photography of exhibits are prohibited,  admission is charged.

Mineral Point Railroad Museum

Historic Jail Alley buildings.

Parley Eaton House

Jail Alley House

Jail Alley house row

 

As always, we enjoyed our visit to Mineral Point. Each visit is different and special!

Mineral Point Dog

Mineral Point 2- Shake Rag Alley and Pendarvis


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In Mineral Point is the site of the original settlement of miners and their families from Cornwall, England.  They arrived in the 1830’s. The buildings have been restored and part of Wisconsin‘s vast Historical Society network.

Lets first visit Shake Rag Alley, now the city’s Art district. They offer art classes, put on plays, a very vibrant community.

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Now we are going to Pendarvis, which is at the other end of Shake Rag Alley.

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They offer three guided tours a day with a docent in period costume, or you can take the self-guided tour.  Since we got there a bit late for the first tour, we look around ourselves.  We were given a booklet by one of the ladies there who has been there for 30 years to lead us in the right direction.  We began our tour. We saw so many great artifacts from the mining operation, as well as re-creations of what their homes looked like inside.

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Also the history of the Pasty, a food brought over by the Cornish miners and still served in many restaurants in Mineral Point today.

Pasty history

Miner going down

The picture depicts a miner getting lowered down the mineshaft. Here is a bucket also.

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Just outside of Pendarvis is more to see, Merry Christmas Mine Hill, where we see more artifacts and where the mine shafts are.

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Wisconsin is called the Badger State, but not because of the Badger, an animal that also lives here.

Badger origin

Badger hole

Here is the mine building on the hill.

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Pendarvis is a great place to visit, come and stay the day!

Mineral Point- Where Wisconsin Began


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WatertowerMineral Point sign

Mineral Point is a city of 2,487 in Iowa county that has been honored with the title, “Best Historic Town” in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Trails. That’s not surprising once you look around at all the preserved buildings, especially on High Street.

Al and I began our city tour on High Street with breakfast at the Red Rooster Cafe.  The decor is adorable with roosters everywhere, even the wallpaper!

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Mineral Point’s favorite food is the Cornish Pasty, and I had one for breakfast. Yum!

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One of the customers, a retired police officer who was talking to us during breakfast, is friends with Philip Mrozinski, Executive Director of the Mineral Point Opera House. He called Phil and arranged for us to have a private tour!  WOW, we were so excited!  Al and I met Phil there at 8:30, it really pays to get up early sometimes.   What a beautiful building inside and out. It underwent a complete restoration that was completed April 30, 2010.

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Opera House backOpera House Front

Al Laurie Phil Mrozinski

He was kind to pose for a picture with us at the end of our tour.  Thanks very much for a great time!

For the past 130 years, the Mineral Point Dog has been standing guard over High street. It was a Cornish custom to identify a store with an animal statue, a bit like branding. It’s cast in zinc, one of the metals that were mined at Pendarvis nearby.

Dog

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Some history signs we saw.

We went back up to our car and went to a preserved mansion called Orchard Lawn/Gundry House. It was almost destroyed in 1936, but 11 people stepped in the save it. The Mineral Point Historical Society was born. It’s open today for tours, but all are welcome to walk on the grounds anytime.

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We hope you enjoyed downtown Mineral Point. Next stop Shake Rag Alley and Pendarvis.

Dodgeville-At the Heart of it All!


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On Sept 27, 2012 we traveled to Dodgeville. This town is located near some great  parks, namely Governor Dodge, Tower Hill and Blue Mounds State Park. We visited

Governor Dodge also during our adventure here.  The city is named after Henry Dodge who founded the town in 1827,  40 miners were also among the first residents.  Downtown is one of the oldest districts in Wisconsin.  Dodgeville is also the county seat of Iowa county.

We came here after our visit to Governor Dodge State Park to sight see and have lunch. Beautiful downtown with the trees displaying their fall colors.

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The Courthouse.

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We had a Cornish Pasty at the Quality Bakery.

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Yummy pasty!

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We had a great visit here, the beauty is especially great in fall.

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