Diane Schwartz

Old Muscoda Bridge Used to Lift Towards the Sky

Between the 1850s and 1880s, the Wisconsin River was a primary transportation route for riverboats and lumber rafts. That’s why all of the bridges on the lower Wisconsin River had movable spans or sections that could be lifted or rotated. The “free” Muscoda Bridge, built in 1929, was a great example of a bascule bridge. …

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Botanist Records the Plants of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway

The plants of the lower Wisconsin River valley have stories to tell us. Are the soils sandy, fertile or wet? Are they rare or endangered?  Is the plant edible or possess special properties? Michael Nee, a retired botanist from Richland Center, wants to tell these stories by cataloguing the flora of the lower Wisconsin Riverway. …

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History and Mystery: Touring Indian Mounds with Cultural Landscape Legacies

The lower Wisconsin River Valley is home to numerous mound groups, but their locations are not so easy to find. That’s why I attended a tour of four mound groups. The tour was led by Mark Cupp, the president of Cultural Landscape Legacies, Inc., a organization dedicated to the education, protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of indigenous people who left their legacy on the landscape of the upper Midwest.

Rhythm of the River Movie Showing Thursday October 22

Thank you to the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway for this post: With the passing of Wisconsin documentary filmmaker Dave Erickson, Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway is partnering with the Starlite 14 Outdoor Theater in Richland Center, Wis. to screen Erickson’s two-part documentary, Rhythm of the River on Thursday, October 22. The Starlite 14, located …

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