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    There’s no place, or beer, like Leinies. Come take a tour, sample the brews and see for yourself.The Leinenkugel brewery tour, which starts and ends at the Leinie Lodge, is free. After the tour you can enjoy the award-winning beers at the historic sampling bar or outside under our covered patio.The Leinie Lodge is also a museum and gift shop.

    [B][SIZE=20]Leinenkugel’s is the nation’s 7th oldest operating brewery[/SIZE][/B]. It has a rich history, which began when brewer Matthias Leinenkugel brought his family over to the U.S. from Germany in the 1840s. The family continued to travel west and finally settled in Sauk City, Wisconsin. Matthias taught his sons the art of brewing. It was his third son, Jacob, who traveled north to Chippewa Falls. Jacob felt sure the thirsty lumberjacks and lumber-booming economy of Northwestern Wisconsin made Chippewa the ideal location to begin his own brewery. In 1867 Jacob began brewing. For 140 years and five-generations, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company has survived and continues to prosper through commitment to their founders ideals of brewing and operating with excellence. Having survived prohibition, the economic demands of World War II, and fierce competition, Leinenkugel’s has become the leading craft brewer in the Upper Midwest. [/SIZE][/INDENT][/INDENT]




















    ………………………………………………………………….More Chippewa Falls Murals[/COLOR][/SIZE]










    ………………………..[B]Jim Falls from the Cobban Bridge[/B]






    …………………………[SIZE=20][B]Between Rustic Road 6 & Chippewa Falls[/B][/SIZE]






    [SIZE=20]Rustic Road #6[/SIZE]


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    [URL=”http://www1.explorewisconsin.com/countypages/chippewa.asp”][COLOR=”red”]Chippewa County Attractions – LINKY[/COLOR][/URL][/SIZE][/FONT][/INDENT][/INDENT][/INDENT]……

    …………………..Curvy road,
    …………………..nice view,
    …………………..and the smell of fresh cut hay[/SIZE]





    [SIZE=26]Typical Vermont Photo[/SIZE]
    [COLOR=Red][B](photographed in western Wisconsin)[/B][/COLOR]


    [SIZE=20]Big Sky Country[/SIZE]
    [B][COLOR=Red](photographed in western Wisconsin)[/COLOR][/B]

    [B]Inside of the [COLOR=Red]red[/COLOR] circle[/B]
    [SIZE=20]Wisconsin Best Motorcycle Road Riding[/SIZE]




    [URL=”http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/scenic/rusticroad3.htm”][SIZE=26]Rustic Road 3 & 4[/SIZE][/URL]




    [URL=”http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/scenic/rusticroad3.htm”][SIZE=26]Rustic Road 3 & 4 LINKY[/SIZE][/URL]




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    [B]Chippewa Falls[/B]
    Chippewa Falls, named after the Chippewa Indians,
    located on the Chippewa River in Chippewa County Wisconsin.

    population near 15,000
    It is the county seat of Chippewa County.
    Chippewa Falls was incorporated as a city in 1869.

    Chippewa Falls is also known for being the birthplace of Seymour Cray
    the location of the headquarters for the original Cray Research.

    Chippewa Falls is the home of Leinenkugel’s Beer,
    brewed by the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

    The Heyde Center for the Arts,
    a showcase venue for local, regional, national and international artists and performers.[/FONT][/SIZE]


    [SIZE=20]Devil’s Punchbowl[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=”3″][FONT=”Comic Sans MS”]One of nature’s wonders is Devil’s Punchbowl, a 2.9 acre site, located on Paradise Valley Road southwest of Menomonie has been a popular spectacle for visitors for many years[/FONT][/SIZE]






    [SIZE=”4″][FONT=”Century Gothic”][B]The Yellowstone Trail passed 406 miles through Wisconsin from Kenosha to Hudson covering 18 counties. From the east the road entered Chippewa County along what is now County Highway X into Stanley, through Cadott, westward to Lake Wissota. The road then turned onto what is now County Highway J west to Chippewa Falls along Park Avenue, past this very site. The Yellowstone Trail continued its cross county route through Chippewa Falls along Park Avenue and County Highway J south to Eau Claire.[/B][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [SIZE=16][B]Purposes of the original Yellowstone Trail Association[/B]
    First and foremost, they wanted to get a route built from [B]“Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound.”[/B]
    Second, they wanted to attract tourists to the Yellowstone National Park, thus benefitting member towns along the route.

    In 1912, a group of small town businessmen in South Dakota undertook an ambitious project to create a useful automobile route, the Yellowstone Trail, across America. This was at a time when roads weren’t marked, there were few maps and slippery mud was the usual road surface. The Yellowstone Trail Association located a route, motivated road improvements, produced maps and folders to guide the traveler, and promoted tourism along its length. It became a leader in stimulating tourist travel to the Northwest and motivating good roads across America. The Lincoln Highway Association, formed in 1913 by industrialists, created a similar route across the U. S., but used big organizational and public relation budgets.
    Today, almost all of the route of the Yellowstone Trail is on slower, less traveled roads. Some sections of the Trail, especially in the West, have remained little changed and are a delight to visit.

    The Yellowstone Trail was the first transcontinental automobile highway in the United States through the northern tier of states from Washington through Massachusetts.[/I] Yet too few people are aware of its existence or its social, political and economic effects on either the local communities or the nation.

    This transcontinental route was conceived by J.W. Parmley of Ipswitch, SD, in 1912. The automobile was just becoming popular but intercity roads were plagued with sand, potholes and mud. Bicyclists of the previous decade, organized as the Wheelmen and counting thousands as members, had been pushing state and federal governments for years for roads. Yet, in 1912, there were few good, all weather roads, no useful long distant roads and no government marked routes.

    The Yellowstone Trail developed in parallel with the nationwide effort to improve roads. The burden of financing roads gradually moved from the local landowner and township up the levels of government until the federal government, the states, the counties and the townships shared the cost. The burgeoning number of autos resulted in a demand for roads to drive them on, first for pleasure and then for crucial societal purposes: for doctors to get to patients, for farm products to get to the railroads, and for military purposes.

    The Yellowstone Trail Association was formed in October 1912 and was active until 1930.[/I] [/SIZE]

    Usually, roads near railways were selected, and frequently were routed through towns on the street adjacent to the railroad station. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in particular, was selected because it went were the founders of the Trail wanted the Trail to go. The railroads had already selected the most efficient routes and local roads already existed near the railways, so as one reads the history of the Yellowstone Trail, one reads the history of the Milwaukee Road.[/SIZE]

    [B]In 1918 Wisconsin became the first state to number its highways and in 1926 the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) established and numbered interstate routes (US route numbers), selecting the best roads in each state which could be connected to provide a rational network of “federal” highways.[/B] With the numbering of roads, the need for names decreased. And the need for colored markers to mark the named roads ceased. Then came the Depression. Merchants could no longer afford to pay dues to a road association. State maps replaced the need for associations. The Yellowstone Trail and all other named trails lost their allure to the modern Highway 12, or 29, or 10. Its major influence died in 1929-30 with the original Yellowstone Trail Association. A replacement organization, Yellowstone Highway Association, operated marginally until about 1939.

    Through all of this, the Yellowstone Trail Association persisted, acting much as the AAA does today. They published maps and brochures and set up tents along busy places on the Trail to hand out these materials. People telephoned the Trail Association before they planned a trip to see what roads were passable. This route is truly a piece of history and a national treasure.[/SIZE]

    The Yellowstone Trail hugs Lake Michigan, the Trail then follows Hwy 110 and 10 to connect to 29 crossing the State to Minnesota. By no means is it a Route 66, but still a piece of history[/SIZE]




    [SIZE=26]Western Wisconsin[/SIZE]






    The 250 miles of roadway running alongside the mighty Mississippi and at the foot of bluffs is [B]Wisconsin’s Great River Road[/B]
    a [I]National Scenic Byway in 2001.
    [U]The Great River Road [B] one of only 80 roadways in the United States to be a National Scenic Byway[/B][/U][/I]. [/SIZE]


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