"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
We are always looking for a new way to celebrate our country’s birthday. This year, we went to The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums to celebrate! This place has been on our bucket list for several years so we took this opportunity to go!
We arrived just before the museum opened. We did the mine tour first before it got more crowded. Join us on the tour, led by a young man named Garrison. It was sure fun! It was also much cooler inside the mine than outside and it felt good!
After the tour, we rode the mine train, join us!
There was just as much excitement going on inside of the museum building. The Music and Schoolroom had many working music machines of the late 19th and early 20th Century.
We heard a Regina music box, cylinder music boxes, mini-organs and such. Even a player piano. Hear and see them below!
Welcome to Platteville, home of UW Platteville and part of Wisconsin‘s proud mining heritage. One of the area’s big attractions is the big “M“ on the side of a hill outside of town. We could see it more than 10 miles away. A road goes right by it, and a parking lot just off the road.
At Clausen Park on the right side of the M, nearly overgrown by a large tree behind it.
We took the stairs up to the top of the hill, halfway there was a platform with a free viewing scope.
We made it to the top, what a view! There are 200 steps. It’s said you could see three states from up there, you are in Wisconsin, but you could see Illinois and Iowa if you know where to look.
At the Top
New views from the top. A storm was coming of course so visibility was obscured. Click on photo to enlarge.
We also discovered Turkey Vultures clustered around the tower.
See a video of our hike up the hill, it was so much fun!
We went into town after coming back down, what a workout that was.
There were some murals downtown, they accept donations too.
Great visit to Platteville, a city with an important role in Wisconsin history.