First Kindergarten in Watertown

America’s First Kindergarten

Watertown is officially recognized as the site of America’s first kindergarten. In 1856, Watertown was Wisconsin’s second largest city, sitting at the western end of the famous Watertown Plank Road from Milwaukee. Watertown resident Margarethe Meyer Schurz, wife of the famous German-American statesman Carl Schurz, learned about children’s education in her native Hamburg, Germany. She…

Wisconsin July 4th Milwaukee Fireworks over Lake Michigan, 2016

Wisconsin July = Awesome!

A Wisconsin July can’t be beat (we caught these over Lake Michigan during Milwaukee’s US Bank Fireworks show during Summerfest on July 3rd!) All across the state, there are plenty of events happening. Along the way, enjoy coverage of Wisconsin highways, or see articles like 6 Cool Stops Along I-94 Between Milwaukee and Madison or…

Vilas County Historical Society Museum

The Vilas County Museum chronicles the history of Vilas County and area communities. From the original snowmobile that won the first patent to the giant statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox out front, you have plenty of history to explore in this North Woods of Wisconsin museum along Highway 155 in Sayner.

Highway 17 in Phelps on a State Trunk Tour

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“Angling up through Snowmobile Country and the North Woods” Quickie Summary: State “Trunk” Highway 17 is a connector road between up North vacation and recreation hotspots, connecting U.S. 51 travelers to Rhinelander, Eagle River, and many of the myriad lakes in Vilas County. If you’ve ever camped, fished, snowmobiled or hung out in a lakeside…

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“From The State’s Largest Vacation Spot To The World’s Largest Freshwater Lake” Southern terminus: Sauk County, at I-90/94’s Exit 87 in Wisconsin Dells Northern terminus: Douglas County, at the U.S. 2/53 freeway near Superior Mileage: about 340 miles Counties along the way: Sauk, Columbia, Adams, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Clark, Taylor, Price, Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas Sample…

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“Kringle by the Great Lake to Bluffs by the Great River” Quickie Summary: State “Trunk” Highway 11 is a key “coast to coast” highway across southern Wisconsin. From Racine’s impressive harbor on Lake Michigan to the bluffs overlooking Dubuque, Iowa across the Mississippi River, Highway 11 weaves through and around key towns and a variety…

Arrowhead in Winneconne

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“Across the Fox and through the land of secession – and once to Berlin”   Quickie Summary: Highway 116 runs from the U.S. 45 freeway just northwest of Oshkosh by Lake Butte des Morts, across the Fox River into Winneconne – a town with an interesting history based on a state map snub! You then…