Welcome to Wisconsin Central!

I take a lot of digital photos around Wisconsin that seem ordinary. When I get back to the office and study them, and research them, quite often, I am totally surprised by how interesting the stories associated with the photos are. I learn a great deal and share that learning with you.

I look for interesting stories that are seldom discussed in other media. This web site is meant to show you the state through my eyes and camera lens --- the people, the land, the culture. I’m high on Wisconsin, and because of states like this, I am high on America and Americans. I’m going to have fun and learn a lot at the same time. And if you'd like to donate to this, my hobby, to help offset costs, that'll make me mighty happy! See the PayPal on the left column.

Ed Marek, editor


Whistling Straits,world-class golf course and clubhouse


Whistling Straits is one of two 36-hole links-style golf courses associated with The American Club, a luxury golf resort located near Kohler, Wisconsin and north of Sheboygan. The course is located on Lake Michigan and is among the very finest championship golf courses in the US. It has hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and it is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup. The organization says this: "Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines the Straits, sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Borrowing influences from Irish links courses, the Straits has fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers." September 3, 2015. Go to story.

Brewhaus Inn, living in the Pabst Brewery

"The future of Milwaukee's past!"


Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee closed in 1996, but many of its buildings still stand. And they stand in Milwaukee's west side. Most of the former brewery buildings have been redeveloped into a hotel, apartments, offices and other new uses, with more projects in the works. And Pabst is returning to open a microbrewery in one of its old buildings. The Brewhaus Inn and Suites opened in a renovated Pabst Brewing Co. building at 1215 N 10th Street on June 20, 2013, in the heart of the old brewing complex. It's a real piece of history. I stayed there in March 2014. The weather outside was cold and raining, but I had a marvelous time here anyway. August 31, 2015. Go to story.

Chippewa Retreat Resort - an all season resort in the Northwoods


The Chippewa Retreat Resort is located on Manitowish Lake near Manitowish Waters up north. It offers Lakeside Villas, Lakeview Villas, and Treetop Villas and its own restaurant, called the White Oak Grill. I and my wife stayed here, and had a marvelous time in what we saw as a luxurious and well-appointed villa which was actually in a large building. This is a great place to stay whether just for two or a family reunion or a corporate retreat, or, of course, a wedding. August 24, 2015. Go to story.

I'm high on Monroe County


Monroe County is between the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, marked by craggy buttes and mesas along with rugged valleys and gently rolling hills, great streams, rivers and creeks. Its geography is diverse, with part of the county in the Central Plains Geographic Province and part in the Western Uplands. Most of the small towns and villages that grew from the logging and transportation expansions remain. The land is dotted by wonderful church steeples, with towns that have a well preserved historic look and feel. Farmers here have learned to deal with the diverse landscape, and its rolling and hills and bottomlands have led to a very productive dairy industry. July 5, 2015.
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The Green Barn on Pennington Road


Suzanne Laverdiere sent me a note in March 2015 which talked about her uncle's house on Pennington Road off Hwy 8 west of Prentice in Price County. She spent a lot of time there as a youngster during the summers. She said she had not seen many such green barns in her travels and then provided me some family background on this farm and two others that were all in one family. She asked if I could go out and find the barn and send her a photo. I finally did that in late June 2015. This story shows photos I took and provides some family background. This turned out to be a lot of fun, and there are some good lessons for us. June 30, 2015. Go to story.