This web site is meant to show you the state through my eyes and camera lens --- the people, the land, the culture. I invite you to browse around, and enjoy the photos and content.

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Work in progress! I have changed the theme from "Wisconsin Central" to "Wisconsin thru my eyes." The url www.wisconsincentral still applies. I will be changing the theme's headers over the days ahead. (052217)
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Waupaca Rail Museum --- paradise for kids

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A warning to all parents visiting Waupaca with their kids, especially with young boys. This railroad museum is a paradise for them. I'm 6 years old, going on 73, and I had the time of my life in here. For starters, there were two caretakers there. They'll let you wander around on your own, or give you a tour of the place. I was glad I took the tour because they took me downstairs where they have a fabulous electric train set up and more. One of the guys turned them all on, and before I knew it trains were rolling down the tracks everywhere, on two tracks in different directions. They then took me out to a caboose and showed me around its interior. Oh yes, and an old-time car barn on the way out! What a delight. September 19, 2017. Go to story.
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Dave's Falls, a chute of water between two rock faces

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Dave's Falls is located in a Marinette County Park near Amberg. It is a small but narrow falls that flows between two rock faces. The falls pumps a great volume of water through a narrow chute. Park officials have left the environment alone. There are no fences or guardrails. Visitors can roam around the rocks to get a variety of views. Within the park, and on the trail to the falls, there is marvelous vegetation, placed in a small but nonetheless enchanted forest. September 14, 2017. Go to story.
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Pigeon Falls, small, delightful, real

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Pigeon Falls is a village in Trempealeau County with a population of about 400. Pigeon Creek meets the Trempealeau River here, and goes over a bit of a falls which now is the result of a small dam. Now, you are not visiting Milwaukee when you come to Pigeon Falls. This is a small town to be sure. It is on the eastern side the Western Upland Geographic Province of the state. I have to tell you that I had a great time here. It was mid-May, a beautiful day, and I met some locals fishing who were absolutely delightful people. Whet my lips from hunger in the local meat market, and wandered around to get the full flavor of small town Wisconsin. July 29, 2017. Go to story.
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Yellowstone Trail: Transcontinental Road through Wisconsin

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Back in 1912, some businessmen in South Dakota decided they wanted to create an automobile route across the US. This was long before the advent of state or federal highways. Mark Mowbry described it as a "transcontinental automobile route that ran on a patchwork of public roads supported and maintained by local businesses and groups … organized in 1912 to attract tourists traveling through towns on their way to Yellowstone Park." I came upon a small portion of it quite by accident, and learned about it again quite by accident by bumping into a man I happened to know from having done another story on a different subject. This is a story of coincidences and discovery. This will be a short story. I hope to build on it as I explore more. June 29, 2017. Go to story.
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Harrison Hills

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Harrison Hills in Lincoln County is only about 35 miles or so north-northeast of my home town, Wausau, yet for the 12 years I have lived here, I did not know anything about it. It is a favorite place to visit in any season. Maplets writes, "It is carved by glaciers thousands of years ago … (and) sprinkled with clear lakes, picturesque scenery, rolling hills, and moderate to difficult trails. The Harrison Hills ATV Trails flow through the lush 100,000-acre Lincoln County Forest. The trail system covers more than 40 miles and connects to the Parrish Highlands trail in Oneida County and the Langlade County trail system." I will add that it is a wonderful place if you're looking to buy a cabin, especially on the water. I was enamored with the lakes and the cabins. June 25, 2017
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Hudson, the Spirit of the St. Croix

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I was out in the northwestern part of the state and followed the St. Croix River from its source all the way to Prescott, where it meets the Mighty Mississippi River. Part of that trip brought me into the town of Hudson, seen by its people as the "Spirit of the St. Croix, and the Western Gateway to Wisconsin. It is the westernmost city in Wisconsin. It surely is a delightful town, on the St. Croix River, and about 16 miles due east of St. Paul, Minnesota. May 20, 2017. Go to story.
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The Living Room, a fun and colorful store

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On my way to Harrison Hills in northern Lincoln County, driving out of Merrill on Hwy 17, I came into Gleason and one of the most charming, colorful, fun artistic gift stores I've seen in a long time. The Living Room's building on the outside has been beaten up a bit over the years, which was the first sight to attract me. But the displays on the porch were enough to cause me to stop and pay a visit. It was worth the time, though I am sure my wife would have spent hours walking around! May 14, 2017. Go to story.
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Gallery USA

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New! Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Gallery USA: I served 20 years in the USAF, mostly overseas, and then ran my own business for some ten years, then lost my wife to cancer, remarried, and moved to Wisconsin. So there is much of the United States I have not seen. In fact, I am a bit embarrassed that I have seen so little. Once in a while now, according to what the budget will tolerate, I manage to go out of Wisconsin to visit our wonderful country. I have found some great places and, of course, taken some interesting photography. I confess having grown up in the east, I lean toward going west! I'd like to share these with you. Visit the Gallery.