Found… The long lost album. Over a year old, I still remember this album well; coming across this one was a fun find which brought back wonderful memories. We ran across a few faces, and a couple of properties left behind on this day. Both of the furry girls pictured are not with us today, but are still missed, and what we think is a 2-story schoolhouse was a chance find. Driving down the country roads in Wisconsin, I happened to spot the bell tower of this magnificent building; we stopped and captured what we could. Unfortuately, both Dan and I could not find much information on this building, but I know there is history here. Someday, it would be interesting to find out more about this property, but then again, we would have to find it again 🙂
About 60 miles east of downtown St. Paul, MN lies a small rural town named Elmwood, WI. Dan and I have traveled through this small town many times on our photography excursions. As with any small town, there is some story that surrounds the town history. Elmwood, WI has its own special history and it has to deal with little green men and shiny round discs. The town is the home of several reported UFO sightings since the 1970s and embraces its otherworldly connection. In 1978, the town started celebrating UFO days; at that same time, the UFO sightings stopped. The annual celebration includes food and beer tents, a UFO medallion hunt, and a parade. For more information surrounding the UFO sightings in the 1970s, please visit UFO Evidence. As always, in Elmwood, WI all are welcome (human and aliens alike).
Please enjoy the images from in and around this small rural community.
When Dan and I travel, we rarely take the direct route. Venturing off the beaten path is where the fun is. On this particular trip, the end goal was Pipestone, MN which is located at the very Southwestern corner of MN. There were many towns along the way that we made a mental note to stop back and explore further at a later date and time. A few mentionable towns we decided, for some reason or another, to stop in were Gibbon and Walnut Grove MN.
As we traveled through Gibbon, MN a few of the business caught our eye and seemed to bring us back to another point in time. Gibbon Village Hall is an extremely interesting building; the unusual building was built in 1895 with medieval-themed Romanesque Revival architecture. We also took some time out of our travels to walk into Bad Dog Antiques and Other Attractions and were pleasantly surprised. What a very interesting and unique store… I am still kicking myself for not purchasing the complete antique set of alphabet wooden blocks! If ever in the area, stop in and chat with the friendly staff. To see more images from Gibbon, MN take the time to view Dan’s blog, “Gibbon, MN/MN South Central”.
Located in the Southwest corner of Redwood County, Lies a small town called Walnut Grove. Walnut Grove is known nationwide today as the childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Every year, the town holds a Wilder Pageant which is an outdoor drama based of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although there are no pictures of the historical site in this blog, I remember visiting the banks of Plum creek often as a child since my grandmother lived and taught school in a small town located east of this area in Lamberton.
After spending a day exploring and photographing The House on the Rock, our time off was coming to an end. We packed up the car and headed on our way back home but of course, we took notice of the surrounding views. Not only is the landscape beautiful in this area, the counties of Vernon and Monroe Wisconsin, also have some interesting barns, including many round barns. I encourage you to get lost in the countryside no matter where you reside; each state has its own unique features and architecture!
Old MacDonald had a farm, E, I, E, I, Ooooooo