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The Paul and Matilda Wegner Grotto is a fantastic environment of concrete sculpture decorated with thousands of colorful glass shards. The Wegners began building their Grotto around their farm home after their retirement in 1929. Developed over se…
Hunting ground of the
"Muskwaki" (Fox) Indians.
Settled by J. E. Rathbone in
Prospered as a stage coach stop
with churches, hotels, general
stores and mills.
Robert Howie (1830-1913) came to Tomah in 1858 from County Ayshire Scotland and homesteaded land. Howie worked with Robert Gillett and C C Miller surveying the Tomah Area. He was Tomah's first Rural Mail Carrier. His interest in agriculture and ho…
Astronaut Deke Slayton was born in Sparta on March 1, 1924. His parents, Victoria and Charles Slayton, lived on a farm in the town of Leon. As a young boy, he attended Leon School in this building, which now serves as the Leon Community Center.
[graphic of] Prominent Glacial Features
Deep winter in Wisconsin lasts about three months. But during the last two million years, dramatic shifts in climate produced periods with longer winters. These cold spells lasted thousands of years. As s…
On the 223 acres which surround this peaceful place, many hundreds of children whose young lives were touched by tragedy and misfortune lived here at the Wisconsin Child Center, formerly known as the State Public School for Dependent and Neglected…
Several times during the ice ages, glaciers flowed out of Canada, sometimes reaching as far south as the Ohio and Missouri rivers. During recent glaciations, southwestern Wisconsin was untouched, because the glaciers were diverted to the east or w…
This 32 mile state trail was formerly the mainline of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The conversion from "rail to trail" represented a new concept in recreational development. Utilizing the abandoned railbed, it was the first trail of its …
Prior to the construction of this building in 1902, the Sparta Free Library had several homes in the community. Schick and Roth, a LaCrosse architectural firm, designed the library building.
Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie provided construction …
The Masons constructed this building in 1923, as Sparta's first building devoted entirely to a social organization. The architecture is characterized by an eclectic mix of Classical Revival and Prairie School influences. Noted regional architect a…