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Spooky Ridgeway


Ridgeway sign

We rode our bike here on the Military Ridge Trail from Mount Horeb. October is the perfect month to see Ridgeway, because of their famous ghost that scared the locals during the 1800’s and is still said to be haunting the area.  We didn’t see the ghost the day we visited, but noticed how its part of the town’s identity. It’s on their water tower. Also on their public works trucks.

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The first business as we entered town is a gas station and convenience store, Badger Mart.

Badger Mart in Ridgeway

Downtown, the largest store there is Ayers Furniture.

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We also found their historic train depot with a railroad car outside.

Ridgeway Depot

We enjoyed our visit here but still hoped to see a ghost. Ride or drive in, the countryside is quite pretty. Also, Hyde Mill is in Ridgeway if you want to go there.

Ghost display

Military Ridge Trail

Hyde Mill for All Seasons

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Hyde Mill in Spring

Hyde Mill Summer

Hyde Mill in Autumn

Hyde Mill is one of Wisconsin photographers favorite subjects.  Its located in Ridgeway in Iowa County in Southwest Wisconsin. It’s future is uncertain since the parcel of land its on has been up for sale since 2008.  The mill was built in 1850 and is no longer functioning.  Mill Creek still flows by, providing a relaxing sound. However, the area surrounding the mill is replete with artifacts left from when it was a functioning mill.

There is a row of millstones on display on the grounds. This was two years ago, now they are behind a fence.  There are other artifacts as well.


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Up on a hill nearby is the Old Mill House, built in 1876.

Old Mill House in Ridgeway

Other interesting places are in Hyde near the mill. The Hyde Chapel.

Hyde Chapel labeled

The Hyde Store.  A busy establishment, the store host many parties and live music performances.

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It was time to revisit the mill, AT NIGHT.  I had just bought a new camera, the Canon Rebel T6i after learning it was capable of astrophotography.  We also found out the mill is located in one of the darkest spots in Wisconsin.  This Light Pollution map was our guide and is updated yearly.  This was the result, wow!  My objective was to photograph the Milky Way as a backdrop behind the mill.

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The darkness of mill location in 2016.

Light Pollution at Hyde Mill marked

The view behind the mill was just as impressive, both photos taken on the bridge.

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In 2018 I did a time-lapse.

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We are at the tail end of the Milky Way season. I just got a new lens meant for astrophotography. Its aperture is 1.8, as opposed to the 3.5 lenses I have used at this point. Here is what it looks like.

I took a look at the light pollution map, it’s getting worse but it’s still good enough.

Light Levels in 2019


It is always enjoyable to visit here no matter the season.


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