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Old 09-21-2011, 09:24 AM   #46
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nice photos as usual.
here's a FYI story. . .
Pretty cool story. I wondered about that island living.

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Excellent ride report Bryan! I took the wife and little ones on a tenting vacation in Door county this past summer and saw some of the areas you visited. It sure brings back many fond memories. Thanks for taking us along!
I agree Jim, it is a great place anytime of the year. Fall colors are on the way and the Door Peninsula is noted for being a wonderful place to enjoy them.

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Thanks for the report. I hadn't realised that there were so many historical buildings around in the US. It sure looks a nice area to be.
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Thanks Phil. The times I have been in Europe, I was always amazed at the age of some of the structures around. We don't have as many years of history since europeans starting coming here in significant numbers, especially in this area, but it is fun to see some things from that "early" time that help to imagine even more.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:42 AM   #47
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Segment 16 - Heading into the Fox Valley.



A couple more Rustic Roads.






A fur trader, Chuck Grignon, built this house at the site of a fur trading post. The site had been a fur trading post along the Fox River travelway since 1760. Chuck took it over in 1830 and built this place in 1837. By the way, in 1793 the first white settler in Kaukauna obtained Wisconsin's first deed for land in 1793. He obtained 1281 acres that is now the City of Kaukauna. He cut the deal with several tribes for the land. He traded two barrels of rum and some other gifts. The original deed is on file in Green Bay.




One of several mills along the river.


There are a lot of dams on this hard working river. The idea was to get power for the mills.


Near this site in 1836, the Menominee Tribe ceded about 4M acres to Wisconsin for about $700K (17 cents an acre). Everyone was satisfied with the deal and the Governor was proud that he did the tribe justice in treaty stipulations. The Chief was pleased as well. In 1837 the tribe moved west of the Wolf River. Chuck Grignon, the local fur trader, served as an interpeter during these negotiations.


Another nice State Park on Lake Winnebago.










Lake Winnebago is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide and covers about 138K acres. It has a maximum depth of about 21 feet. It is a left over glacial lake. A series of locks on the Fox River connect it to Lake Michigan. It is one heck of a fishery. Spearing sturgeon is a big deal here in the winter.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #48
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Mapsource question

What version of Mapsource are you using that has topo and the detailed roads?
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #49
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What version of Mapsource are you using that has topo and the detailed roads?

MapSource version is 6.16.3.

Usually I use two maps:

Garmin Topo


Or the VVmapping product that has ORV trails and public land demarcations embedded into the map.
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Segment 17 - Appleton Area



Lawrence University started up in the mid-1800s. It has admitted women to the school since the first classes started in 1849 so it is the first coeducational college in Wisconsin.


Their first graduating class was in 1857 when they graduated four men and three women.


Locks were used along the river to get past the dams. When repairs were made to these locks over the years, similar parts to the originals were fashioned so these are about the same as they were years ago.


This lock keepers house was used from 1892 to 1983. The Corps of Engineers used to run commerical locks on this river.


A view of lock 3 in 1862.




THe lock fills in about four minutes and empties out in about 3 minutes. It was built in the 1850s.






Appleton start up an electric railroad in 1886. It ran with DC current through two overhead cables. It served several cities in the valley up until 1930 when it was replaced by bus service.


History museum.


Some 1870 lumber baron's house.


Paper discovery center.


Turbine for spinning a generator.




With industry being established along the rivers, there is a lot of history in town about early electrification projects. Some of the early Edison DC dynamos were installed here.


There was a generator in this shack. Since demand continued to grow facilities like this were combined into a central station.


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.



The house still uses the original Edison switches and chandeliers.




Back in 1871, the Wisconsin Central Railroad was formally organized in this hotel. There must have been a lot of cigar smoke in the air while working that deal.


Tayco Street bridge.


One of the towers is a museum.


Doty Cabin.


Passerby.


This area was also the home turf for "Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy. McCarthy was a Senator from Wisconsin who conducted investigations into communist infiltration in the government. He even investigated the Army. His hearings are well known as is the concept of "McCarthyism".
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:02 PM   #52
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Segment 18 - On to Oshkosh







This museum is running a live glass blowing exhibit. Would be interesting to see that in action.


Private citizens undertook to put lighthouses along the Lake WInnebago Fox River waterway.




Some of the homes built by the local captains of industry years ago.










This park has the remains of a large smoke stack. On the stack are placards commemorating some of the mills that once were in the area.


Octagonal house - now the historical sorciety. Their current exhibit addresses the architecture of local boy George Bergstrom who is known for his work on the Pentagon in DC.




This was once the site of a Fox indian village. In 1730 the French government decided to take out this village because of Fox indian depredations on fur traders.


A French officer approached the shore with a force of soldiers and Menominee warriors. He kept the soldiers hidden under canvas until they were broadside with the indians gathered on the shore. The soldiers then threw back the canvass and fired on the indians. A force of Menominees attached the village from the rear at the same time. The village was wiped out. Bodies were placed on a pile and covered with dirt making a "hill of the dead". Lake Butte de Morts (translates to hill of the dead) is named for this.


This is now a bicycle trail, but it was one an early bridge across the river.


There rail bridge was put in during the 1860s.




Oshkosh Truck has some big contracts for military vehicles.


They also have a big recapitalization contract to rebuild existing vehicles to 0 miles 0 hours standards.






A notable old farm in the area.




I think this is the church that is noted for collecting nativity scenes.


Oshkosh museum. This was once a lumberman's house. He had it built in 1907 and it is spectacular inside. Ed Sawyer donated his house to the city in 1922 and it became the museum in 1924.






1883 Opera House.




Interesting veteran's memorial.


More lighthouse action.


Wittman Field - home of the Experimental Aircraft Association.




The museum at EAA is worth a look.


Anytime of the year.


At the EAA.


We ride on some of the Yellowstone Trail.


This old concrete highway bridge is now an entrance to a golf course.


The interesting thing about it is that it was built as a memorial to a machine gunner who was killed in WW I.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:56 PM   #54
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Segment 19 - Fond du Lac



North Fondy has a park commemorating the Yellowstone Trail. The YT was one of several cross country auto routes pioneered before the government got into widespread highway uilding.


Sometimes these trans-US routes were marked with paint on a rock or a pole.


Modern markings.


This railroad engine was built in 1911. The Wisconsin Central used it for passenger service. It pulled 18 passenger cars and could hit 80 mph. It logged over 2 million miles. At one time it ran trips to Winnepeg.


Looking north up Lake Winnebago.


In 1932, a lumberman offered to build a lighthouse here. This was during the great depression. With 24.9% unemployment, it was good that the guy used local people that were out of work to build it.




This is a state prison for women. Lawrencia Bembenek ("run bambi, run!") busted out of here and split for Canada after being convicted of murdering her police detective boyfriend's ex-wife.


Fondy water building.


Couldn't find out about the Holly System.


St Paul's Episcopal is known for wood carvings and stained glass.




These octagonal houses were popular around the time of the civil war.








This guy works on old cars. Tought I might get to see him in action.


Free tours by appointment.


The Galloway House was a 30 room farmhouse. Now it is part of a historical village.




Interesting to read some of the old gravestones.
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Superb report as usual!

I think you missed your true calling as a history professor.
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That was very interesting. To me the uranium piece was amazing. Great ride report Col. I am surprised how many retired military people are inmates on ADV. Thanks for your service and taking me along for the ride.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:29 AM   #57
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Segment 20 - Final Segment



The route takes us around portions of Horicon Marsh.


The last glacier left a dam that filled this area with water. Over time a river wore through the dam draining the lake and leaving a huge marsh.


At one time waterfowl populations were decimated by overhunting. Eventually the area became portected by the state and federal governments.










The track runs on a scenic interpretive loop that tours part of the marsh.




Waupun is a city of sculptures.








Speaking of the end of the trail . . .state prison in Waupun.






Prison farm just outside of town.


Another Rustic Road.


Looking across the marsh.


Federal visitor center.


Interesting exhibits . . . if you ever wanted to look inside a rat house.


Federal to the north, State to the south.






Marsh skis. These allow you to keep from sinking in as you traverse the marsh.


Mayville.










At one time some thought these would interfere with the migrating birds at the marsh. They didn't.


State portion of the marsh.


State visitor center.




Marsh tours on pontoon boats.


The Rock River that wore through a natural esker dam and drained the glacial lake leaving a marsh.




I don't know why some of these small railroads buy passenger rolling stock.




Juneau.


I saw these windmills and was perplexed for a minute.




Aerators for a fish farm.


Clyman junction used to be an important rail intersection.


Watertown.






57 room Octagon house.




Wayside at the Rock River and STH 16.
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Well that is the end of the loop. Lots to explore and enjoy. As I mentioned the 840 miles can be ridden in one shot over several days or it can be divided into day or weekend rides. Fall colors are approaching right now so it would be a good time to sample some of this.

The GPS track can be donwloaded here.

Don't forget to take the pictures of your bike at the Rustic Road signs. Send in ten and get a Rustic Roads Motorcycle Patch.

Thanks for riding along!
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:36 AM   #59
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Superb report as usual!

I think you missed your true calling as a history professor.
Thanks Bob! Lots to see and enjoy on these tracks. The history makes it a little richer.

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That was very interesting. To me the uranium piece was amazing. Great ride report Col. I am surprised how many retired military people are inmates on ADV. Thanks for your service and taking me along for the ride.
Glad you enjoyed the ride! Those power plants are kind of interesting.
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Another Cannonshot Ride?
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