Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State

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Tour 21
Shorewood -- Columbus -- Wisconsin Dells -- La Crosse -- (La Crescent, Minn.); US 16.

Shorewood to Minnesota Line, 214.6 m.

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific R. R. parallels route between Shorewood and Tomah; Chicago and North Western Ry. between Sparta and La Crosse. Hard-surfaced roadbed. Good accommodations.

From Lake Michigan US 16 crosses the eastern dairy country onto Wisconsin's Central Sandy Plain, touching historic Watertown and Portage and the summer resort regions of Oconomowoc and Wisconsin Dells. West of the Dells the route passes through a wasteland of pinegrown sands and stark buttes to fertile farmlands in the coulee country. Beyond the westernmost bluffs lies the Mississippi; here the highway ends, at La Crosse, before the great crags that frame the river terrace.


Section a. SHOREWOOD to COLUMBUS; 71.7 m. US 16

SHOREWOOD, 0 m. (13,479 pop.) (see Milwaukee), is at the junction with US 141 (see Tour 3). US 16 goes westward on Capitol Drive, passing ESTABROOK PARK (R), 1.4 m., a pleasant strip of greenery. At 6.9 m. is the junction with US 41 (see Tour 2); at 9.2m. is the junction with US 45 (see Tour 5).

West of the city, hills and shallow valleys warp the broad stretches of field and pasture. A Shetland pony "ranch" lies on a slope (R) at 11.6 m., and at 12.9 m. are the buildings of the LAMBRECHT-MILLER HATCHERY. From a distance the long white barns with their curved roofs suggest a fleet of boats drawn up on shore, with keels turned upward. Near by are nine chicken coops with three-story porches along the sides, laid out with the precision of a government housing project. Across the rich farmlands is a brief glimpse of LAKE PEWAUKEE, 19.7 m., a blue mirror to the bosky hills along its far shore.

PEWAUKEE (Ind., either pewaunawkee, a flinty place, or nibiwaki, swampy), 20.9 m. (852 alt., 1,067 pop.), is half farm trade center, half a vacation resort. Across from the low wooden shops of the main street is the lake front and beach. Sailboats skim the blue lake in summer; in winter ice boats and skaters mark the frozen surface.

On the shores of PINE LAKE (R), 27.6 m., Swedish immigrants, the first in Wisconsin, founded a short-lived settlement, New Upsala,

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