We got going shortly before sunrise to maximize the daylight available. Richland Center is in the “Driftless Area” of Wisconsin, untouched by the glacier. As a result, the town is nestled in a valley with large beautiful hills surrounding it. There was more fall color by then, and it was our last adventure of the year in the 70’s. Richland Center earned the distinctive name “Purple Heart Memorial City” in 2002 and has a yearly ceremony honoring those soldiers. It was also the birthplace of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Our first stop was the restored depot and Chamber of Commerce to learn where to find everything. Sherry Klatt and Bev Laue were ready to assist and provided us with all the info we needed on the town and county. They tell us Richland Center would welcome more new businesses in the area. Thanks so much!
We also took a look at the caboose behind the depot.
After that we explored downtown, the most distinctive building was designed by native Frank Lloyd Wright . It was the A.D. German Warehouse. It has been vacant for many years. It has just been bought recently and is being renovated.
The beautiful courthouse downtown.
If you need some remodeling done, Owners Travis and Andrea Wertz can help you, Wertz Floor and Home is at the Edward’s Block building . www.wertzfloorandhome.com
Former First National Band building, now a BMO.
For a good book and wine, stop by Ocooch Books and Libations.
The Brewer Library is another great place to check out a book. There you can also visit the History Room to learn more about Richland Center and county.
It was time for lunch! We went to a great place on 212 North Main St. called Gables. Gables closed 6-25-14. Good news, it is re-opening under new ownership March 16, 2016 with a new menu.
After lunch it was time for a hike on nearby Miner Hill, which overlooks the city.
To get there, go to the east end of Court St, park on the side of the road in front of the trail, Not this circle at the end of the street, but the roadside on the right looking down the hill.
The view of the city below was breathtaking! Center-left is the courthouse.
You could also see the warehouse roof from here. The noise I heard from below was someone doing work on the roof!
Close up view.
It was time to come down from the hill and view the Purple Heart Memorial before going home. The sight of all the flags and the beautiful monument is a fine tribute to soldiers of all the branches of military.
Richland Center is the Wright place to come for many activities for folks of all ages.