Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

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by Linda S. Godfrey, Richard D. Hendricks
     
 

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As all good Wisconsinites know, there's a lot more to the Badger State than, well, badgers. We have cows, cheese, the Packers, bratwurst, lakes, the Packers, polkas, cornfields, and the Packers. But Wisconsin is also filled to the brim with weirdness. And the best chroniclers of our state's odd folks, strange beasts, and local legends are Linda S. Godfrey and Richard

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As all good Wisconsinites know, there's a lot more to the Badger State than, well, badgers. We have cows, cheese, the Packers, bratwurst, lakes, the Packers, polkas, cornfields, and the Packers. But Wisconsin is also filled to the brim with weirdness. And the best chroniclers of our state's odd folks, strange beasts, and local legends are Linda S. Godfrey and Richard D. Hendricks, both firm believers that Wisconsin is one of the most bizarre states in the whole nation.

For years, Linda and Richard have looked for the offbeat and found it just about everywhere. Whether it's traveling down Bray Road looking for its famed beast, researching the scalped lady of Prairie du Chien, or hanging out in Haunchyville, our fearless reporters, with cameras and notebooks in hand, have uncovered more weirdness than any one state has a right to have.

So grab a hunk of cheese and start browsing. Visit Burlington's Spinning Top Museum, hear about Washington County's Goatman, and recoil at the worm shower of Palmyra. Take a look at Highway 13's Reptile Man, see the World's Largest Six Pack, get spooked over the ghosts of Kenosha and the haunted bridges of Stevens Point. Meet Madison's Loony Lawyer, have a Bud with Elvis at his tavern in Phillips (honest!), and learn about the Wily Wizard of Waukesha. It's all wild, all weird, and all Wisconsin.

A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird Wisconsin proves without a doubt that Wisconsin is filled with a lot more than just milk and cheese. Join Linda and Richard on their grand adventure. It's a journey you'll never forget.

Linda S. Godfrey is an author and artist working in rural Elkhorn, Wisconsin. She has written and provided illustrations for two nonfiction books —The Poison Widow: A True Story of Sin, Strychnine, and Murder and The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf, both published in 2003. Another book on American werewolves, Beyond the Beast of Bray Road, is forthcoming. In addition, she is the creator and editor of a Web site about the strange and quirky.

Richard D. Hendricks has been fomenting weirdology at his Weird Wisconsin site since 1998. He's also the news editor at The Anomalist, investigates ghosts with the Wisconsin Paranormal Research Center, and hangs with the Creatures of the Outer Edge, an esoteric collective that convenes at the notorious Headhunters Hideaway in Sun Prairie. A Madison resident, Hendricks pays the bills as a legal researcher.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, who brought you Weird New Jersey and then Weird U.S., now as "Creative Directors" bring you weirdness in other states: Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. They have picked each author for his or her quirky sensibility and familiarity with the state in question. Indeed, the authors have all previously published eccentric titles on their respective states: Carlson-Strange Florida; Godfrey-The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf; and Taylor-Haunted Illinois. Each volume presents the same table of contents: "Local Legends" (e.g., Devil Baby of Hull House, IL), "Ancient Mysteries" (Lake Okeechobee's Watery Graves, FL), "Fabled People and Places" (Jeane Dixon, WI), "Phenomena" (Malcomb the Fire Starter, IL), "Bizzare Beasts" (Skunk Ape, FL), "Personalized Properties" (Gold Pyramid House, IL), "Roadside Oddities" (Giant Mouse with Cheese, WI), "Roads Less Traveled" (Bloody Bucket Road, FL), "Ghosts" (Old Slave House, IL), "Cemetery Safari" (St. Peter Cemetery, WI), and "Abandoned and Forgotten" (Xanadu, FL). Similar to the "Oddball" series (e.g., Oddball Wisconsin), which also covers these three states plus six more, this series is distinguished by its focus on stories over places and its colorful photos (which take up about a third of each volume); "Weird," however, lacks "Oddball's" more practical directions and contact information ("Weird" offers no maps or specific directions). These titles may hold special appeal to the male middle-school student. Recommended for those public and school libraries located in the state covered by the title and an optional purchase for all others.-John McCormick, Plymouth State Univ., NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760759448
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/07/2005
Series:
Weird Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Linda S. Godfrey is an author and artist working in rural Elkhorn, Wisconsin. She has written and provided illustrations for Weird Michigan and several other books, including The Poison Widow: A True Story of Sin, Strychnine, and Murder and The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf. In addition, she is the creator and editor of a website about the strange and quirky, www.beastofbrayroad.com.
 
Richard D. Hendricks has been fomenting weirdology at his Weird Wisconsin website since 1998. He's also the news editor at The Anomalist, investigates ghosts with the Wisconsin Paranormal Research Center, and hangs with the Creatures of the Outer Edge, an esoteric collective that convenes at the notorious Headhunters Hideaway in Sun Prairie. Hendricks lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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heidiklinden More than 1 year ago
Weird Wisconsin is such a great read! Whether you're from Wisconsin or not, the stories, the people, the events that are documented in this book keep you interested! From funny to spooky, this book contains the best follow up conversation you'll have with anyone! I've read it on my own, on a drive with my husband, with my 20 yr old and his friends, with my 11 year old girls... So many cool pics and wild stories. Not a boring page!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently moving to the Palmyra, WI area, from Ontario, Canada, I have found this book most interesting. This is an incredibly weird area to be sure, let alone beautiful too. I have been trying to learn as much about this state as I possibly can, and have enjoyed Weird Wisconsin immensely! Any book by Linda S. Godfrey is a treat. Would like to read more of the 'MANBAT' also seen in this state.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I traveld a lot in Wesconsin in the 70's I never knew there was this musch strange stuff going on? Very interesting book. I am having my wife read it.
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PICS More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and sought out and visited many of the places in the book. This year I intend to seek out more and visit, eventually to go through the whole book. However, as the disclaimer indicates, I have found that all are not as written in the book. I have talked to many people who have, and are now living at some on the places. Much of what is written is not what they tell me it is, it is still interesting though. The only one I really question is the alleged Dollhouse Grave where a little girl named Bertha who died in 1912 in Northern Wisconsin, page 146 0f Weird Wisconsin. The only Dollhouse Grave I have been able to find is in Tennessee. I have been to Summerswind, and yes, he is still there. Thank you PICS Paranornal Inquisitive Couples who are Seniors
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book took me back to my teen years when my friends and I would hop in the car and visit a place mentioned in the book. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for more Weirdness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for every Wisconsinite. It's got everything: information, exotic exhibits, and just plain interesting stuff. From the Hayward Fish Museum to the Houdini in Appleton, to the Cement people along HWY 13 to sightings of the late great Vince Lambordi. Strange things like the squirrel museum and the UFO landing pad that is 5 miles away from my best friends house! Wisconsin has everything! Reading this book makes me feel like Wisconsin is really a great, interesting, wild place to live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is proudly displayed on my coffee table where everyone takes a peek at it when they come over. So many of my friends have gone to B&N to purchase it once they've seen it at my place. I hope to keep spreading the good word! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone - you gotta read this book! This amazing book is filled with wacky, super stories about our state. It's a riot, but also has real history in here that is fascinating. I keep reading and re-reading this. You will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I DO NOT like this book. It talks too much about ghosts&stuff like that. I DO NOT LIKE THIS BOOK!