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Heritage Day at the Rollo Jamison Museum


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!

We enjoyed a delicious lunch served by the Platteville Music Boosters. The last thing was music by the Wundo Band. Enjoy some of their music here, mostly 50’s and 60’s hits.

It was a great day today, especially since one of our friends joined us. We highly recommend a visit to the museum, you will learn a lot!

Today’s Letter is “M” – Platteville

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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.

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At Clausen Park on the right side of the M, nearly overgrown by a large tree behind it.

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We took the stairs up to the top of the hill, halfway there was a platform with a free viewing scope.

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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

At the Top

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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.


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There were some murals downtown, they accept donations too.

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Farming 712

Capitol Cafe Mural 634

Farmers Market Mural 673

Platteville Pioneers

Platteville Pioneers


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Great visit to Platteville, a city with an important role in Wisconsin history.

Related Sites

*  Chamber of Commerce

*  University of Wisconsin-Platteville

*  Platteville Main Street Program

*  Discover Wisconsin – Platteville video