Wisconsin Oddities and Motorcycle Travel - Post Your Pix

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    Plymouth

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    Woodland Art near Kohler-Andrae

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    Sheboygan Wall Art

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    Spaceport Sheboygan (Planetarium) May be down for the count.

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    Kohler Art Center has art in the rest rooms. Kohler makes bathroom fixtures.

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    Giant Cow

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    USS Cobia

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    Manitowoc is the home of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. A worthwhile stop.
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    During WWII, they used to build submarines just up the river a bit. They would launch them sideways and then ship them to New Orleans on barges via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. I think Manitowoc built something lijke 28 subs during the war.

    This sub was built in Groton, but is representative of what was built here. The USS Cobia had a great war record sinking 13 Japanese vessels including a ship carrying a tank battalion and 28 tanks on it's way to reinforcing Iwo Jima. The Marines credited this sinking as very important in helping them take Iwo a few months later. In 1945 she was depth charged for eight hours in only 120 feet of water. She was blasted over twenty feet into the sea floor. She got away, even though she was heavily damaged.
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    In a running surface battle with two armed Japanese sea trucks, she lost a crewman (20mm gun loader).
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    For a while, the sub was stationed in Milwaukee with a reserve unit.
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    You can tour the sub and even sleep overnight on it. Much of the equipment has been restored to operating condition.
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    Packer Bar. Used to have a giant helmet on the roof.

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    Russian Sputnik crashed here.

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    Some parts landed on the roof of the church.

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    Valders Old Gas Station

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    Eaton Old Gas Station

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    Capones in Pipe.

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    Old Gas Station - Fond du Lac

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    Remaining odd/RR/haunt tags on 15 May.

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    I was running through these pretty quickly so I added another couple hundred POIs to the mix.

    These are the new ones. A few duplicates perhaps.
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    These are the new ones added to the other POIs that have not yet been captured.

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    New master file for oddities only. Includes new POIs added in May 2020. 571 waypoints.

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    POIs that have not been covered here, including railroad structures, are included in this file. This file overlaps with the railroad structures in WI thread where railroad POIs are posted as they are captured.

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    Sheboygan Lottie Cooper

    The Lottie Cooper was a lake vessel that was built in a shipyard in Manitowoc in 1876. It was 131 feet long and 27 feet wide and was about 250 gross tons. This is the kind of ship that was used in commerce on the Great Lakes for many years.
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    This ship sank in a storm trying to get into Sheboygan.
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    They used to pour salt through holes in the hull so that it would mix with the bilge water and help preserve the wood.
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    A ship like this took about four months to build. Craftsmen worked on it outside everyday until it was done.
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    When the city went to build a harbor a while back, they found the wreck and decided to bring it up and display it.
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    The ice cream sundae was invented in this ice cream parlor. Back in 1881 some guy asked the proprietor to pour chocolate sauce over some ice cream he just ordered. Up until this time, chocolate sauce was used in chocolate sodas. The new concoction cost a nickel but the proprieter would only serve it on Sundays.
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    Eventually some whiney 10 year old kid demanded a sundae on a weekday. She pointed out that we could all just pretend it was Sunday. It all took off after that. The term "sundae" was used by a glassware salesmen when he put in an order for the special dishes used for the mix.
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    Kewaunee Old Gas Station

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    Door County WI Motorcycle Memorial

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    Sister Bay

    Old Gas Station

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    Goats on the Roof

    This guy keeps goats on the roof of his swedish restaurant. Novelty.
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    I saw goat cams, but no goats. Must be down for the night already.
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    Ephraim Warehouse Graffitti

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    In 1882, this house, owned by a local industrialist, became the first residence to be powered from a central electric station. The owner wanted to light the home as a showplace for his wife. He used power from the same station that lit his paper mill.

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    The house still uses the original Edison switches and chandeliers.
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    Beaver Dam

    Angel Sculpture

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    The End of the Trail

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    Eagle Smiley Water Tower

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    Hubertus Holy Hill

    Holy Hill involves a church perched on top of a glacial feature.
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    If you visit this hill (formerly called Miracle Hill) at certain times of the year, it is supposed to bring cures for all kinds of maladies.
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    Father Marquette discovered this hill in 1673 on his way through the neighborhood on his discovery travels. Marquette wrote about it in his diary.
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    You can climb one of the spires - spectacular view.
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    Anyway, some German priest who had been recreant to his vows sought to do pennance in the new world. He read about this spot in Marquette's diary. He headed off to find the hill but took sick in Chicago and became paralytic. He eventually continued on to find the hill and when he did he crawled up it which happened to cure him of his paralysis. Since then, every year some people make a trek to the hill hoping for cures.
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    Manitowoc SS Badger

    For many years, ferries hauled trains across Lake Michigan to avoid congestion at Chicago. One of these is still in service as an auto ferry.
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    I've used this ferry on some of my other routes in the past. Someone from Michigan that wanted to ride Door County could grab this ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc.
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    I think this ferry was built in the 1950s. Most ships at that time were oil fired. Since the railroads had coal and the means to transport it, this one was still built to be coal fired. This semi backs into the ship and drops coal.
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    Fuel pile in downtown Manitowoc. There is a problem with being coal fired as the ship was designed to dump the inert ash into the lake as a slurry. People want to stop that.
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    Since the ferry took trains on board, it can take oversized cargo and road construction equipment and save people a lot of money by not having to go around the lake.
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